October 8, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Seven – Monday, October 8, 2012

Women’s Cross Country

Last Meet: JSU Foothill Invitational – 5th Place

Next Meet: Berry College Invitational (Rome, Ga. – 10/13)

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team competed in their second to last meet before the Peach Belt Conference Championship this past Friday, the Jacksonville State University's 5K JSU Foothill Invitational in Oxford, Ala. The Saints placed fifth out of the 12 teams in attendance led once again by junior Emily Beusse with a collective time of 1:45:14.81 and 153 total points. 

Fellow Peach Belt Conference institution Columbus State University finished with 60 points and a total time of 1:38:12.03 while Jacksonville State finished second just two points behind. Alabama State was third.

Austin Peay's Xiamar Richards claimed the individual crown of the event in a time of 18:39.17, three seconds ahead of second place finisher Paige Rankin from Alabama State.

Beusse finished the Foothill meet in 15th place, seeing her stretch of four-straight top-10 finishes come to an end. The junior from Dawsonville led the Saints with a time of 19:41.81.

Behind Beusse, freshman Emily Roemer finished in 28th with a time of 20:49.33. Meagan Anstett was third on the team with a time of 21:09.48 and Sallie Davis finished in a time of 21:26.42. Rounding out the scoring for North Georgia were Karley Barcus (22:07.77), Lexie Miller (22:37.06) and Nicole Shine (22:41.66).

The Saints have one final meet of the regular season before the PBC Championships held in Montevallo, Ala. on Saturday, Oct. 20. North Georgia's regular-season finale will be the Berry College Invitational in Rome, Ga. on Saturday, Oct. 13.


Men’s Golf

Last Week: Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate – 9th Place

Next Tournament: Matt Dyas Memorial (Carrolton, Ga. – 10/29-30) 

The North Georgia men's golf team finished ninth out of 15 teams last week at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate hosted by Lincoln Memorial University at the Sea Trail Golf Resort on Tuesday.

Three Saints finished in a tie for 25th place as Grant Rish bettered his stroke count by five strokes from Monday's round. The junior from Port St. Joe, Fla. carded a 70 Tuesday to tie teammates Zach Caldwell and Aaron George with a two-round stroke count of 145. Caldwell opened the tournament with a 70 and followed that up with a 75 on Tuesday while George started things off with a 72 and finished with a 73 in the second round.

Will Bracket and Austin Booker also finished the tournament in a tie. The duo tied each other in 55th place with matching 151's that saw them both card a 75 in the opening round and a 76 in the closing round.

Mount Olive College won the team title with an aggregate score of 563, giving them a three-stroke lead over Barton College in second and five strokes over Wingate University in third.

Barton's Daniel Claytor won the individual crown with a 68 and 69 to finish with one stroke ahead of a trio of golfers in second with a 137.

North Georgia will close out the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule at the Matt Dyas Memorial held Monday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Oct. 30. The tournament will be held in Carrolton, Ga. at the Oak Mountain Golf Club.


Women’s Golf

This week: BSC Southern Shootout – Currently 12th Place (Through first round)

Next Tournament: Flagler Fall Slam (St. Augustine, Fla. – 10/22-23)

It took nearly six and a half hours to complete the opening round of the BSC Southern Shootout Sunday as nearly 125 golfers from 22 teams hit the links at the Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala. The North Georgia College & State University women's golf team wrapped up the grueling first round in 12th place with a team stroke count of 315.

Sophomore Abbey Gill led the way for the Saints with an opening 77, placing her in a tie for 33rd spot. Gill carded a 38 on the front nine holes and followed that up with a 39 on the back nine. 

Junior Casey Truelove and freshman Mariana Pelaez finished the opening round in a tie for 45th place with matching 79's. Both improved on the back nine as Truelove started with a 41 before carding a 38 while Pelaez recorded a 40 followed by a 39. 

Senior Catalina Olarte carded an 80 on the opening 18 to sit tied for 54th place heading into Monday's round. 

Lee University currently leads the field with a 12 over par 292 led by two golfers in the top-five. Washington University – St. Louis is currently second and eight strokes back.

The current individual leader is Emily Javadi from Sewanee as she carded a two under par 68 to lead the Tigers who currently sit in 19th place. 


Mixed Rifle

Next Tournament: North Georgia Invitational (10/13) 

The North Georgia mixed rifle team had last week off from competition as they celebrated “Family Weekend” on Saturday but will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host the First-Annual North Georgia Invitational at the Ole Mill Range in Griffin, Ga., a USA Shooting Regional Training Center. The event will include college, high school, and junior club teams.


Men’s Soccer (5-3, 1-1 PBC)

Last week (1-0-1): vs. Montevallo (T, 1-1 2OT); at Georgia Southwestern (W, 3-0)

This week: Home vs. Clayton State (10/10 – 7:30 p.m., PBC Game) – “Spirit Night!”

                   Away vs. UNC Pembroke (10/13 – 3:30 p.m., PBC Game)

The North Georgia men’s soccer team continued to roll last week as they acquired two more positive results to move up into fifth place in the Peach Belt Conference standings. The Saints are now in the midst of a stretch of five games where they have achieved a positive result.

On Wednesday last week, the Saints worked to a 1-1 draw with the University of Montevallo on their home field before traveling to Americus, Ga. where the Saints handed Georgia Southwestern a 3-0 loss.

Tyler Daly scored the Saints’ lone goal in Wednesday’s draw with Jesy Phelps and Amin El-Shami earning the assists.

All three of the Saints' goals in Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes were scored in the opening stanza. Jamie Gleeson wasted little time in giving North Georgia an early 1-0 lead with a header in the box in just the second minute off a pass from Juan Hurtado.

Hurtado then added a goal of his own in the 14th minute before Gustavo Cunha capped off the scoring with a goal in the 33rd minute. 

The Saints out-shot the Hurricanes 20-4 in the game and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Only six of the Saints' shots were on goal while just one of the Hurricanes was on-target.

North Georgia's next contest will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Both the women and men will be in action starting at 5:00 p.m. with the men following at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night is being tabbed as "Spirit Night.” Students and fans are encouraged to wear their blue and get loud Wednesday night. Students from Gainesville State are also invited to join in on the action and get a head start on supporting the teams.


Women’s Soccer (10-2, 3-2 PBC)

Last week (2-0): vs. Montevallo (W, 4-1); at Georgia Southwestern (W, 8-0)

This week: Home vs. Clayton State (10/10 – 5:00 p.m., PBC Game) – “Spirit Night!”

                   Away vs. UNC Pembroke (10/13 – 1:00 p.m., PBC Game)


The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team finished last week with a 2-0 record in Peach Belt Conference action, jumping up to sixth in the conference standings. The Saints out-scored their opposition 12-1 between the two games and out-shot their opponents 59-14.

The Saints started their week off by bouncing back from a close 4-3 overtime loss to No. 9 Armstrong Atlantic State with a 4-1 win over the Falcons of the University of Montevallo at the North Georgia Soccer Field. Junior Kelly Penston recorded two goals in the contest including the first goal of the game in the 21st minute. Kayla Croom and Abby Trevino both netted goals in the second half with Penston’s second goal coming in the 80th minute to wrap up the scoring for the Saints.

Penston followed that performance up with a goal on Saturday as the Saints blew past the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern University on the road in Americus, Ga. North Georgia came away with a dominating 8-0 victory that saw seven different players score as the Saints led 6-0 at half time.

Melanie Thompson, Cicely Taliaferro, Sydney Reeder, Whitley Dover, Penston, Croom and Caroline Wallace all scored in the contest led by Taliaferro’s two goals.

Senior Taylor Lee recorded a pair of assists in the game as she led the North Georgia defense in what was the real story of the day. The Hurricanes managed to get off just three shots in the game with only one being on goal.

Lee currently leads the PBC with seven assists for the season. Penston is tied for second in the league with eight goals and is also tied for third along with Trevino with 18 points on the season.

North Georgia's next contest will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Both the women and men will be in action starting at 5:00 p.m. with the men following at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night is being tabbed as "Spirit Night.” Students and fans are encouraged to wear their blue and get loud Wednesday night. Students from Gainesville State are also invited to join in on the action and get a head start on supporting the teams.