October 14, 2011

No. 10 Lady Saints Set to Square Off with Georgia College

Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's soccer team is looking to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Georgia College for their final road game of the 2011 regular season.

The 10th-ranked Lady Saints are coming off their first loss of the year on Wednesday evening, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus State as North Georgia dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten teams in the country.

Saturday's game at Georgia College has turned into a must win for both teams, as the Lady Saints are in a fight to stay in the top three in the region for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, while the Bobcats are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive and qualify for one of the eight spots in the upcoming PBC Tournament.

Saturday, October 15, 3:00 PM, vs. Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

Georgia College Bobcats Body of Work
Current Record: 4-9 (3-3 PBC)
Conference Rank: 6th
Conference Prediction in 2011: 6th
Goal Differential in 2011: -4 (16-12)
Last Meeting (2010): NG 2, GC 2 (NG Advanced 6-5 on PK's in PBC Tournament)

History of the Rivalry – Georgia College holds an all-time edge of 4-1-3 against North Georgia, but the Lady Saints have gotten the best of the Bobcats in recent years. Last season, North Georgia edged GC 1-0 in the regular season, before advancing in PK's in the opening round of the conference tournament. In the last three meetings between the two squads, wins by both programs and a tie make this rivalry stronger than ever. And neither school forgets they have met in the playoffs in each of the last two years and ended each other seasons in the opening round of the PBC Tournament.

Shots, Shots, Shots – Georgia College has been unable to find the back of the net in 2011, attempting 193 shots in their 13 games and scoring just 12 goals on the year. They are averaging 16.083 shot attempts per goal, while North Georgia has found the back of the net every 7.074 shots. In PBC games, Georgia College's highest shot total came at 24 with a 2-0 defeat of Ga. Southwestern, while North Georgia's came at 24 in a 5-0 victory at USC Aiken.

Is it worth it? – Georgia College has played one of the toughest schedules so far in 2011, but is it worth it when you don't pull out some wins? They are 4-9 on the year with the combined record of the teams they have beat at 20-29-3. They have clearly lost to worthy opponents however, with the combined record of the teams they have fell to at 71-35-11. Their only victory against a team over the .500 mark came on Wednesday evening when they defeated UNC Pembroke 1-0, so maybe playing all the tough competition is finally paying off, but it might be too late. The Bobcats are tied with Clayton State for the sixth spot in the league, while UNC Pembroke is a half game back and Flagler College and Montevallo are just one game back for the final spot in the PBC Tournament.

Defensive Stand – The North Georgia defense was flawless in Peach Belt Conference play until Columbus State scored a goal in the 20th minute on Wednesday evening. The Lady Saints have given up just one goal in 550 minutes and 12 seconds of conference play in 6 games. The Bobcats have been nearly as good, giving up four goals in 545 minutes and seven seconds of action. With four common opponents this season, the NG and GC have identical results against UNC Pembroke and Columbus State, while the Bobcats have a better result against Montevallo and the Lady Saints have better goal differential against Clayton State.

Just Down the Road – With the two campuses 130 miles apart, the North Georgia and Georgia College rivalry should be at an all-time high this Saturday afternoon. The key for the Lady Saints will be two get Emily Dover and Kelsey Martin some chances to score an early goal and put a Georgia College team on their heels and in a spot they have come familiar with all year. The Bobcats don't have one player to watch on the offensive side of the pitch, which could make things harder for North Georgia. Seven different GC players have scored a single goal, while Abbey Dalton has scored twice to round out the Bobcat scoring this year. Goals from the home team could come from anywhere.