August 14, 2011

Lady Saints Drop Exhibition Opener to UNC Greensboro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

GREENSBORO, NC – The North Georgia women's soccer team allowed an early goal on Sunday afternoon to UNC Greensboro's Lauren Hein for what turned out to be the game-winner in the Lady Saints' first exhibition match of the 2011 season.

Playing against a Division I top-10 program from a year ago, the Lady Saints held their own against the Spartans, allowing a lone goal in the 4th minute as the two teams played three 30-minute periods and were allowed unlimited substitutions. UNCG played 17 players in the match, while North Georgia emptied their bench and saw 22 players see action in the contest.

"We played really hard for our first time out," head coach Chris Adams said following the match. "We created chances, but having not been together very long we struggled to finish those opportunities."

Hein got the Spartans on the board quickly on a strike at the 3:59 mark. Redshirt sophomore Nitang Jones slipped her a through ball just inside the 18-yard box and Hein beat North Georgia keeper Kirsten Ross to the far post for what would prove to be the decisive score.

The Saints put their first shot on target shortly into the second period, with Abby Trevino forcing the first of Alex Perry's three saves on the afternoon. Trevino would have two more chances just minutes later, but her attempts in the 44th and 45th minutes were also put away by Perry.

Neither side mounted much of an offense in the third stanza, with the teams taking just one shot each. Jaimey Etten's attempt was high for the Spartans in the 73rd minute, while Trevino missed wide in the 74th.

Trevino had a game-high four shots for the Saints, while the team managed six total. UNCG had 11, with Hein and Jones notching three each.

Ross allowed a goal and made one save in 60 minutes of action, while Fragnito made a save in 13:42 and Alex Dunlap played 16:18 without needing to record a stop.

The Lady Saints will now return to the North Georgia Soccer Complex for a week of practice before departing next Friday morning en route to Florida in preparation for Saturday's final exhibition game against Rollins College.