October 19, 2011

Taylor Lee's Two Assists Lead Lady Saints Past Hurricanes

Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The 13th-ranked North Georgia women's soccer team made it interesting late, but pulled away in the final minutes on Wednesday evening to take down Georgia Southwestern 4-1 in front of a capacity crowd in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Lady Saints continue to stay in the hunt for the regular season championship, improving to 12-1 overall on the year and 7-1 in PBC play, while the Hurricanes fall to 4-11 overall and stay winless on the season in league action. 

North Georgia dominated in the opening half but never found the back of the net, recording 14 shots and ending the first period deadlocked with the Hurricanes.

The Lady Saints wasted little time getting on the board after intermission, as Kelsey Martin found Abby Trevino streaking through the middle and she buried a shot inside the right post to give North Georgia a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute. 

Melanie Thompson got in on the scoring 20 minutes later when Taylor Lee sent a perfect corner kick in the box that Thompson deflected in at the far post and doubled North Georgia's lead at 2-0.

Georgia Southwestern answered in the 83rd minute when Julia Wells scored her third goal of the year to cut the Lady Saints' lead in half at 2-1. The goal was the first-ever score for the Hurricanes in the eight match-ups between the two programs. 

North Georgia refused to let it get away however, adding a pair of goals in the final four minutes to run away with a 4-1 victory. Carolina Wallace sent home her third goal of the year in the 87th minute and Kelly Penston followed 70 seconds later to cap the scoring give the Lady Saints all the goals they would need on a cold and damp night at the Soccer Complex.

The Lady Saints pounded Hurricane goalkeeper Amber Bahri all night, sending 37 shots her way, 15 of which were on goal. Bahri tallied 11 saves, but surrendered all four North Georgia goals. Alex Dunlap picked up her second win of the year in goal and did not record a save. 

The contest served as North Georgia's Cancer Awareness game to raise money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. All proceeds from the event will be donated to help find a cure for the deadly disease.

The Lady Saints return to action over the weekend, welcoming Lander University to town for an all-important Peach Belt Conference showdown with the Bearcats. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.