September 10, 2011

Lady Saints Score Five, Dominate Pacers in PBC Opener

Contact: David Beall,

AIKEN, SC – An offensive outburst by the North Georgia women's soccer team on Saturday evening led to a 5-0 victory on the road at USC Aiken to open Peach Belt Conference action at the Pacer Pit.

The Lady Saints (4-0) remain unbeaten on the year and move to 1-0 in Peach Belt Conference action, while the Pacers saw their best start since 2005 come to an abrupt end, falling to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in league play. North Georgia is now 5-2-2 all-time against USC Aiken.

North Georgia capitalized early in the 11th minute when Emily Dover sent a header into the box that was deflected to Kelly Penston who finished past USC Aiken goalkeeper Alli Edens to give the Lady Saints a 1-0 lead.

The assist for Dover was her second in as many games, while Penston continued to produce quality finishes with her team-leading third goal of the season.

After dominating the midfield the entire opening half, a ball was played off to Danielle Brannan on the right wing in the 33rd minute and the senior forward went to work, carving up the defender and finishing inside the left post for her second goal of the year.

After battling the entire opening half up top, Dover got her chance less than five minutes into the second half and made the most of it, sliding past the defender just outside the six and finding the back of the net for her third goal in the last two games.

Dover's goal in the 50th minute was just getting the offense going in the second half, as Caroline Wallace followed in the 72nd minute with her first goal of the year, and Kelsey Martin put a lid on the offensive explosion with a score in the 86th minute to cap a 5-0 victory by the Lady Saints.

Kirsten Ross remained perfect on the year at 4-0 with her second shutout of the year in 76 minutes of action, while Taylor Fragnito saw action over the final 14 minutes and tallied one save.

The Lady Saints will have a week to recover before playing host to UNC Pembroke in another Peach Belt Conference match. Kickoff against the Braves next Saturday is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Soccer Complex. UNCP leads the all-time series 5-1 against the Lady Saints, including a 1-0 double overtime thriller a year ago.