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AUGUSTA, GA – The North Georgia women's soccer team was well represented Friday afternoon at the Peach Belt Conference awards banquet, as the Lady Saints had four players named PBC All-Conference, including Emily Dover who was named the league's Co-Player of the Year.
With Dover earning PBC Player of the Year honors, she was also named First-Team All-Conference as a forward, joining Kelly Penston who was also named First-Team All-PBC as a midfielder. Earning Second-Team honors was Natalie Douglass as a midfielder and Megan Morrow at defender.
As the fifth athlete in North Georgia history to earn PBC Player of the Year honors for any sport, Dover (pictured right) did so in dominating fashion all season long. The senior has scored a school-record 16 goals on the year and added five assists for 37 total points, also setting a school record. Five multiple goal games and four game-winning goals highlight some of the most impressive stats for the two-time PBC Offensive Player of the Week during the season. After not scoring in each of North Georgia's first two games of the year, the Canton, Georgia, native then went on a tear, scoring 16 goals in 15 games to propel herself to top honors in the Peach Belt Conference as the best player in the league. Dover was also awarded the annual "Golden Ball" for leading the league in scoring during the 2011 season.
Kelly Penston earns back-to-back First-Team All-Conference honors after picking up the honor in 2009 before sitting out the 2010 season due to injury. Penston is second on the team in scoring with six goals and two assists to give her 14 points on the year. Penston ranks in the top 15 in the league in both goals and points. The Lady Saints spark plug is tied for fifth in the conference with three game winning goals including one in conference against USC Aiken. She has played and started in all 17 games this season.
As a Second-Team selection, Natalie Douglass was named Preseason All-Conference and led the North Georgia midfield with four goals and two assists, including the game-winner in a 4-0 beat down in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. The four-year starter has played and started in 15 games for the Lady Saints this season and connected on the team's only penalty kick of the year.
A member of the Second-Team, Megan Morrow made a splash in the Peach Belt, anchoring a North Georgia Defense that led the conference in goals allowed (11) and goals against average (.63). She has started and played in all 17 games this season for the Lady Saints. Morrow has registered three assists this season. She was named the PBC Defender of the Week of September 20, and was the only freshman to earn the honor this year.
The 2nd-seeded and 13th-ranked Lady Saints now turn their attention to tonight's all-important PBC Tournament semifinal game at 5:00 p.m. against 3rd-seeded Columbus State at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia. A matchup of last year's tournament championship game, both squads will be looking to make a repeat appearance in the title game, while the Cougars are looking to win their fifth PBC Tournament in the last six years.