September 9, 2012

Women’s Soccer Knocks Off 16th-Ranked Rollins 1-0

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The North Georgia College & State women's soccer team continued their hot start to the 2012 season Sunday, proving that they will be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues as the Saints earned one of the biggest wins in program history. The Saints, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), knocked off the 16th-ranked team in the nation, Rollins College, by a score of 1-0 to end their time in the West Florida Tournament.

The Saints remain perfect in their campaign with a record of 5-0 while Rollins falls to 1-3 for the year.

A year ago, Rollins soundly defeated North Georgia 3-0 in an exhibition match, a loss that spurred the Saints to go on to post a 16-win season.

Just nine minutes into this year's game, freshman forward Sophia Matonak scored her second collegiate goal off an assist by senior Abby Trevino. The Saints' solid defensive back field and stout freshman goalkeeper were able to hold on from there despite a continual attack from the Tars of Rollins.

The Tars out-shot the Saints 20-7 forcing freshman keeper Mallory Sayre to make 12 saves en route to recording her fourth shutout of the year.

In total, 17 different players saw action on the pitch for the Saints.

The Saints will play one more road game on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Carson-Newman College before opening up a three-game homestand to open their Peach Belt Conference slate next Saturday, Sept. 15. The game against the Eagles of Carson-Newman is slated to get underway at 6:00 p.m.