AUGUSTA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team left it all on the field Friday evening as they came within six minutes of recording a 1-0 upset over No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University. But the top-seeded Pirates rallied with two late goals to knock the Saints out of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Soccer Championships with a score of 2-1 at Blanchard Woods Park.
The Saints (14-4-2), who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and fifth in the Southeast Region, will now have to wait until Monday's NCAA Division II selection show to know if they will play in the NCAA Division II Tournament while the Pirates (17-1-1) advance to the PBC Tournament's championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Sophia Matonak broke a 0-0 tie in the 57th minute with her seventh goal of the season off an assist by Abby Trevino. The Saints, who were out-shot in the first half 7-5, were able to control much of the second half of play before the Pirates' attack really came to life.
In the 84th minute, Emily Cattanach gave Armstrong its new life as she scored off a penalty kick thanks to a handball in the box.
From there, nationally-ranked Armstrong found new life and quickly scored again in the 85th minute as Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and Gold Ball winner Morgan Mitchell scored the game-winner off a volley from Danielle Fey's corner kick.
North Georgia struggled to regain momentum in the closing minutes, but any attempt to make a comeback fell short.
The Pirates ended the contest with a 12-10 advantage in shots and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.