DAHLONEGA, Ga. – For the third year in a row, the North Georgia College & State women's soccer team (13-3-2, 6-3-2 PBC) will host a game in the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and, for the second year in a row, the Saints' will be pitted against in-state rival Clayton State University (10-6-2. 6-3-2 PBC).
The quarterfinal match will be held at the North Georgia Soccer Field at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and there is a lot on the line, including an opportunity to advance to Augusta, Ga. where the semifinal and final rounds of the tournament will be contested from Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4.
The last time the two programs met earlier this season, they played to a 2-2 double overtime draw on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
This time, there will be no tie as a winner must be determined to send a team on to Augusta.
The Saints enter the tournament as the four-seed while the Lakers are the fifth-seed in the tournament despite both programs holding identical 6-3-2 records in league action.
Since the two tied in their regular-season match, the tiebreaker came down to how they faired against the other PBC schools. Both teams lost to national No. 2 and regular-season conference champions Armstrong Atlantic State but North Georgia's 3-0 upset win over Lander University, second in the final league standings, gave the Saints the tiebreaker over the Lakers.
The Saints are also looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, and a win Tuesday night would go a long ways to helping their case for a bid. North Georgia was sixth in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region rankings while Clayton State is No. 8.
Only the top-six in each region advance to the NCAA tournament and three of the six spots are automatic berths awarded to the winner of the conference tournaments for the Peach Belt, South Atlantic and Conference Carolinas.
North Georgia has never failed to make it to the conference tournament in its seven years as a member of the Peach Belt. In 2010, the Saints advanced all the way to the tournament finals and last season North Georgia was knocked out in the semifinal round but went on to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Live stats and a live video stream of the match will be available. Links can be found on the women's soccer schedule page.