September 15, 2009

Lady Saints Strike Again, Shock Belmont Abbey 1-0

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women’s soccer team was at it again Tuesday afternoon, continuing a trend of late heroics as Lauren Schenk scored the game’s only goal with 82 seconds remaining in the contest as the Lady Saints defeated Belmont Abbey 1-0 in non-conference action.

North Georgia improves to 4-0-1 overall, the program’s best start in school history, having received votes in each of the last two NSCAA Division II National Polls. In the Lady Saints’ 10-year history, a 4-1 start in 2007 was the best mark before North Georgia scrambled in it’s 2009 season opener to force a tie before reeling off four straight victories.  Belmont Abbey falls back to the .500 mark at 2-2 on the season.

With the match scoreless and what seemed destined for an extra period, the Lady Saints struck magic once again late, this time in the 89th minute as Brittany Bauschka sent a cross to the center of the box, where Schenk played the ball off of one bounce and fired home the winner past Belmont Abbey goalkeeper Kelsey Lovell for the only goal of the game.

North Georgia controlled the game statistically, outshooting the Abbey 11-5, while holding a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Jessica English recorded her second shutout of the season, notching three saves in the blanking of the Abbey to stay undefeated.

North Georgia found out Tuesday afternoon they remained fourth in the latest Southeast Regional Poll, and received votes in the National Poll for the second straight week, keeping pace with the rest of the nation with the 1-0 victory.

The Lady Saints return to action on Saturday evening, playing their sixth straight road game to start the season, this time at new Peach Belt Conference rival the University of Montevallo. The primetime kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m at Varsity Field in Montevallo, Alabama. North Georgia will look to stay undefeated on the season, as one of just two league members to remain unbeaten.