October 30, 2013

Lander Squeezes Past Women's Soccer Team 1-0 In Peach Belt Action

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Lander University made a second half goal stand up as the visiting Bearcats downed the University of North Georgia 1-0 in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer action.  The loss drops the Nighthawks to 11-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in league play.

In a scoreless first frame, UNG was able to force Lander's Katie Lyle to stop a pair of shots on frame as the Nighthawks outshot the Bearcats 9-5.  North Georgia's Mallory Sayre gathered three of saves before intermission.

In the 61st minute of play Lander's Casey Black used an assist from Kimberly Kesler to break open the scoreless tie.  Kesler fed a well-placed cross into the box that Black was able to finish between Sayre and the left post.  The goal was her seventh of the season.

North Georgia turned up the offensive pressure and forced Lyle to collect five saves in the second half.  The Nighthawks' closest chance came with just over five minutes remaining when Mariah Dickey shot inside the box was blocked but UNG was unable to connect on the accompanying corner kick. 

Sayre kept the Nighthawks' hopes alive with a pair of point blank diving saves late in the contest but UNG was unable to punch home the equalizer. 

Both teams finished the contest with seven corners apiece and each keeper finished with seven saves.   

Lander improves to 12-3 with the win as the Bearcats now stand at 8-2 in conference play.

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, November 2 with a PBC road challenge at USC Aiken with kick off set for 4:30 PM.