Dacey Golden Goal Leads #15 Nighthawks To 3-2 PBC Victory At Young Harris
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – (UNGAthletics.com) – The #15 University of North Georgia women's soccer team's offensive onslaught finally paid off with a 3-2 overtime victory at Young Harris College on Saturday. Jessica Dacey netted the game-winner on a far post cross from Shannon Coloumbe just 2:22 into the extra period to earn the conference win.
"This was a typical Peach Belt game. Young Harris had a good game plan and executed it well," stated UNG head coach Chris Adams.
Young Harris (2-3, 0-1 PBC) set the tone early as Amber Matthews used a Sydney Baird assist off a corner kick just 5:13 into the match to take a 1-0 lead. The goal was Matthews' first of the season.
The Mountain Lions would stretch the lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute when Candace Edwards notched her fourth goal of the season with the assist credited to Allison Burnham.
"I was very pleased that we were able to regroup after going down 2-0 and not get frustrated by the circumstances. We just had to approach the remainder of the game one goal at a time."
The pair of first half goals were the only two shots that Young Harris would put on goal for the remainder of the contest. Despite not registering a save, UNG's Mallory Sayre picked up the win in goal to move to 5-1 on the season.
North Georgia (5-1, 1-0 PBC) would begin its rally when Kelly Penston cut the YHC lead in half less than five minutes before intermission with her sixth goal of the season with the assist credited to Cicely Taliaferro.
"Kelly's goal was big for us as it gave us the momentum heading into half and it settled our team down."
The YHC defense would dig in and turn away 22 second half Nighthawk shots including 12 that were on target. UNG outshot the Mountain Lions 42-5 on the day and forced YHC goalie Taylor Erickson into 18 saves as the Nighthawks were able to put 21 shots on goal.
In the barrage, however, Taliaferro was able to find the game's equalizer in the 60th minute when the junior scored near post off a corner kick from teammate Megan Morrow.
The game's final 30 minutes would remain scoreless despite numerous shots and corners by the pressing North Georgia offense.
Dacey's game-winner was UNG's third shot of the extra period in just 2:22 of action.
By virtue of the win, North Georgia picks up the inaugural point in the Battle of Blood Mountain, an annual athletic department competition between UNG and YHC. The point is awarded since the teams will not face off again this season as YHC is not eligible for Peach Belt postseason competition.
The victory is also UNG's fifth straight after a season-opening loss to Florida Tech.
North Georgia returns to action on September 28 when the team travels to Milledgeville to square off against Georgia College with Peach Belt action set to start at 3:00 PM.