September 20, 2011

Penston's Two Goals Roll Lady Saints Past Crusaders

Contact: David Beall,

BELMONT ABBEY, NC – The North Georgia women's soccer team continued their perfect season on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to Belmont Abbey and using a pair of goals from Kelly Penston to blank the Crusaders 2-0 in non-conference action. 

Just hours after learning they jumped into the national rankings at No. 16 in the country, the Lady Saints came out firing and avenged a 1-0 loss to Belmont Abbey a year ago with a 2-0 victory on the road to move to 6-0 on the season and continue the program's best start in school history.

Penston got the offense going in the 20th minute when she found herself one-on-one with Belmont Abbey keeper Hannah Kohls, and she delivered her fourth goal of the year to give the Lady Saints a 1-0 lead in the opening half. 

Both offenses were quiet until late in the second half when Penston would strike again, firing a shot from the top right of the box that slid inside the left post for her second score of the game and fifth of the season.

North Georgia's two-goal lead was in jeopardy with 1:13 remaining when Ananda Gebreyesus fired a shot from 20 yards out that hit off the cross bar, but Kirsten Ross cleared the miss to solidify her third shutout in as many games. Gebreyesus had another chance minutes earlier when she got free at the six-yard box and fired a shot, but Ross smothered the attempt, one of her six saves in the game. 

Ross showed some range earlier in the second half when Crusader forward Kristin Foster lined a shot toward goal from 25 yards out, but the reigning PBC Goalkeeper of the Week deflected the attempt out of bounds for a corner kick.

North Georgia outshot the Abbey 17-9 and held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Penston fired seven of the Lady Saints' 17 shots, while Emily Dover added four and Leanne South tallied three. Foster put all three of her shots on frame for the Crusaders. 

Megan Morrow, the newly named Peach Belt Defender of the Week, led the North Georgia defense at center back, holding Belmont Abbey to just six shots on goal and sending the Lady Saints to their third straight shutout of the year.

The Lady Saints return to action over the weekend, traveling to Alabama to take on the University of Montevallo in Peach Belt Conference action. North Georgia is 3-1-1 all-time against the Falcons and hold an 11-7 goal advantage in those five games.