AMERICUS, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State women's soccer team did not give Georgia Southwestern University much of a chance Saturday afternoon as the visiting Saints' high-powered offense blew through the Hurricanes' defenses with eight goals while the stifling defense shut out the Huricanes for the 8-0 victory.
The dominating victory, which was the sixth shutout of the season for the Saints' defense, was the 10th of the season for the Saints who are now 10-2 overall with a 3-2 Peach Belt Conference record while the Hurricanes fall even further behind in the league race with with their fourth loss in a row that leaves them 0-6 in the league as part of their 2-8-1 overall mark.
The win was also the second time this season the offense has scored eight goals.
What was even more impressive about the shutout victory was how the Saints controlled the ball, holding Georgia Southwestern to just three total shots, only one of which was on goal, while North Georgia's offense took 30 shots with 16 on goal. The Saints also held a 14-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Melanie Thompson, Cicely Taliaferro, Sydney Reeder, Whitley Dover, Kelly Penston, Kayla Croom and Caroline Wallace all recorded goals in the contest with Taliaferro scoring twice in the first half. Taylor Lee set up two of the scores while Abby Trevino, Croom, Dover and Kassidy Freeman all recording assists.
The Saints went up 6-0 before the half after Thompson scored the first goal with a header off a corner kick in the fourth minute, opening the flood gates. The final two goals of the first half were scored within 11 second of each other.
The second half was more tame as the Croom scored in the 81st minute and Wallace capped off the scoring in the 86th minute.
North Georgia's next contest will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Both the women and men will be in action starting at 5:00 p.m. with the men following at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night is being tabbed as "Spirit Night."