September 30, 2011

Men's Soccer Looks to Bounce Back Against Lincoln Memorial

Contact: Joey Daniels,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's soccer team will head down to Columbus, Georgia, to take on Lincoln Memorial in a non-conference match this Saturday at 2:00 PM. The game will be held at a neutral location in the attempt to promote men's soccer on the campus of Columbus State University.

The Saints will look to bounce back after some recent struggles in conference play over the past week. North Georgia fell to both Montevallo and Clayton State in their last two games, dropping their record in conference to 2-2 and 4-4-1 overall.

Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters Body of Work
Current Record: 4-2-2 (3-0 SAC)
Conference Rank: 1st
Conference Prediction in 2011: 3rd
Goal Differential in 2011: +4
Last Meeting vs. Saints: This is the first meeting between the two schools

Recovery Time – North Georgia could not find a better time to turn the season back in the direction it originally started. The last two games have left the Saints to ponder what has gone wrong. After starting 2-0 in conference for the first time in Pat Parris' career, his Saints have quickly fallen back to .500 at 2-2. Lincoln Memorial will be a chance for North Georgia to gain back its stride before heading back into conference action.

Suffocating the SAC – Lincoln Memorial has ran through the first portion of their conference slate starting 3-0. Better yet, they are outscoring their SAC brethren by a whopping 10 goals to one. Memorial has not been contested yet in conference, but they have also only played the bottom of the league. In the non-conference games played by the Railsplitters they are just 1-2-2. Considering the competition they have played on the non-conference portion, their record is quite depressing.

The Backs are Back – The Saints have played their last two games without defender Ben Tayi and their previous game against Clayton State without center back Zachry Samples. Samples and Tayi return to the lineup for Pat Parris, whom he has missed recently. The defense has given up six goals in their past two games, something that should be fixed with the return of these two.

Consistency? – The youth may be showing its true colors as of late for coach Parris and his Saints. North Georgia set multiple program records in the blowout of Alabama-Huntsville a couple of weeks ago, then followed that up with back-to-back disappointing losses. The team, which is very young, needs to find a consistent level of play if they want to compete with the best in the Peach Belt. It's time for the seniors and captains to step up and run with this team, because the talent level is there, but lately the focus has been absent.

Rough for Rade – How about this for a stat: Saints goalkeeper Rade Tanaskovic has allowed 17 goals this season. Why is that significant? Because he only allowed 16 all of last season. Tanaskovic still has the brunt of the conference schedule left to go, and if the All-Conference performer gets hot, the Saints can beat the best in the league.