October 17, 2011

Lady Saints to Battle Hurricanes for Wednesday's Think Pink Game

Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – Following a week that saw the North Georgia women's soccer team suffer their first loss of the year, the Lady Saints return home for their final four games of the regular season.

Starting Wednesday evening with an in-state showdown against Georgia Southwestern, the Lady Saints begin the final stretch of the season and still have a firm grasp on a chance to claim the program's first-ever regular season championship.

While North Georgia suffered a setback on the road at Columbus State last week, the Lady Saints bounced back with a big win at Georgia College, using a late goal from Kayla Croom to clinch the 3-2 victory.

Wednesday evening's contest will serve as a Cancer Awareness Game with all the proceeds from the event going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The department of athletics will sell pink t-shirts for $10.00 and provide free popcorn to everyone in attendance.

Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 PM, vs. Ga. Southwestern, Dahlonega, GA

Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes Body of Work
Current Record: 3-11 (0-6 PBC)
Conference Rank: Last
Conference Prediction in 2011: Last
Goal Differential in 2011: -20 (31-11)
Last Meeting (2010): North Georgia 7, Georgia Southwestern 0

Tracking the Hurricanes – Georgia Southwestern has struggled in their sixth year as a member of the Peach Belt Conference, going 0-6 so far in league play. The Hurricanes have scored just a pair of goals in conference games this year, both coming in a 5-2 loss to Columbus State. GSW has won three PBC games in their program history and have an overall conference record of 3-53-1.

Simply Dominant – North Georgia has been perfect in every facet of the game in the all-time series against the Hurricanes, holding 7-0 record since the first meeting between the two programs in 2004. The Lady Saints have never allowed a goal against their in-state counterpart, outscoring GSW 41-0 over the last seven years. The biggest margin of victory came in 2007 when North Georgia put double digits on the board in a 10-0 beat down in Dahlonega.

Golden "Skates" – While North Georgia has found plenty of success against Georgia Southwestern over the years, senior forward Sara Kate Rogers has anchored many of those wins in her time as a member of the Lady Saints. All three of her career scores have come against the Hurricanes, including her first collegiate multi-goal game in 2007 during her freshman campaign. She also got in on the action last season in Americus with a goal in the 89th minute and an assist in the final seconds to send North Georgia to a 7-0 victory. The Gainesville, Georgia, native has more points (7) against the Hurricanes then any other active player on the team.

Dover's Separation – Saturday afternoon at Georgia College when Emily Dover scored the first two goals of the game, she separated herself from the pack in the Peach Belt Conference in total goals, and is now three scores clear of a trio of players in the league. The senior has 12 goals in the last 10 games, and has four games with multiple scores on the year. The Canton, Georgia, native could really distance herself from the pack with multiple goals against the Hurricanes on Wednesday evening. GSW has allowed multiple goals to three different players this year, including a hat trick to UNC Pembroke's Andrea Collen.

Year to Date – With North Georgia ranked in the nation's top 10 for the first time in school history and the Lady Saints posting a program best 10-0 mark to start the season, its hard to believe last year's team had the exact same record through 12 games a year ago. After dropping their second game of the season to Belmont Abbey, North Georgia reeled off 11 straight wins and eventually stood at 12-1 before dropping a road contest to Armstrong Atlantic. The Lady Saints need a win against the Hurricanes on Wednesday evening to move to 12-1 and match the best start in school history through the first 13 games.