September 8, 2013

Penston Goal Holds Up For Nighthawks In First Victory Of The Season

VALDOSTA, Georgia – ( – The #16 University of North Georgia women's soccer team evened out its 2013 ledger on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Florida Southern College in a neutral site contest held at Valdosta State.

In the first half, the Nighthawks held a decisive 8-2 advantage in shots, but FSC goalkeeper Erin Moseley kept the Moccasins in the game by making seven saves. Four of those came in the first 14 minutes before the Mocs were finally able to test North Georgia goalkeeper Mallory Sayre with their only two on goal attempts of the first frame.

After the shot totals favored North Georgia in the first half, Florida Southern took an equal number in the second half when each team had six.

After senior Kelly Penston gave the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the second half with the assist coming from teammate Cicely Taliafero, the UNG defense would make the goal stand up for the program's first victory of the young season. 

In goal Mallory Sayre would later stop two FSC shots in the 67th and 70th minutes, and the stingy UNG defense limited the Moccasins to just one more shot the rest of the game.

Sayre made five saves for North Georgia, and while counterpart Moseley collected ten.

North Georgia (1-1) returns to action on Wednesday, September 11 in the team's home opener against Lincoln Memorial University with kickoff set for 5:00 at the UNG Soccer Complex in Dahlonega.