November 5, 2013

UNG Women's Soccer On Short End Of 5-3 Shootout In PBC Quarterfinal

GREENWOOD, South Carolina – ( – Nina Morales scored two goals Tuesday night to lead the fourth-seeded Lander University women's soccer team to a 5-3 victory over fifth-seeded North Georgia in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament held at LU's Jeff May Athletic Complex.

The Lady Bearcats dominated the game early by scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes. Lander took a 1-0 lead on a Morales shot from 10 yards out on an assist by Sydney Thompson at 7:20.

Danielle Shaw stretched the Lady Bearcat lead to 2-0 at 14:50 when she connected on a free kick before teammate Taylor Piorkowski made it 3-0 on an unassisted goal from five yards out at 16:03.

North Georgia began to rally when senior Kelly Penston scored the first of her three goals at 24:58 from in front of the goal on an assist from Kassidy Freeman. Penston and Freeman teamed up again to make it 3-2 at 28:53 from another shot in front of the goal.

Lander went up 4-2 at 50:28 when Jaymee Gibbons found the back of the net on an unassisted goal, then Morales connected on her second goal at 69:49 to give the Bearcats a 5-2 advantage.

North Georgia netted the final score of the game after Penston completed her hat trick with another shot from in front of the goal.

Lander outshot the Nighthawks, 18-12, but North Georgia held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-4.

North Georgia goalkeeper Mallory Sayre and Lander's Katie Lyle each had three saves.

Lander improves to 13-4 overall, while #10 North Georgia is now 12-5-1. Lander advances to Friday's semifinal round where the Bearcats will play top-seeded Clayton State at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.