September 20, 2011

Lady Saints Soar to No. 16 in Latest National Rankings

Contact: David Beall,

National Ranking | Regional Ranking

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's soccer team is back in the national rankings for the second time in as many years, soaring to No. 16 in the country according to the latest NSCAA Division II Poll released on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Saints, currently sitting at 6-0 on the season, have made their way into the national spotlight as the No. 16 team in the land and the No. 2 team in the Southeast Region.

Coming off a 1-0 double overtime win over previous unbeaten and nationally ranked UNC Pembroke, the Lady Saints learned of their national ranking moments before taking the field to face Belmont Abbey. A letdown was not in the minds of Chris Adams' players who came out firing and used a pair of goals from sophomore sensation Kelly Penston to give North Georgia a 2-0 victory on the road.

In the Southeast Region ranking, Lenoir-Rhyne tops the poll at 4-1-0 on the year, while North Georgia is sitting second at 6-0 and is the only unbeaten team remaining. UNC Pembroke follows the Lady Saints at No. 3 in the region and dropped eight spots in the national ranking to check in at No. 23 in the country.

Florida Tech remains the No. 1 team for the second consecutive week, but a shuffle in the top five has California (Pa.) at No. 2, Quincy (Ill.) up three spots to No. 3, followed by UC San Diego and Bridgeport (Conn.) rounding out the top five respectively. 

North Georgia has their highest ranking in school history and third overall after jumping into the national poll last season at No. 25 for consecutive weeks in October.

The Lady Saints will put their national ranking and unbeaten mark on the line Saturday afternoon, traveling to the University of Montevallo for a Peach Belt Conference match. North Georgia is 3-1-1 all-time against the Falcons and hold an 11-7 goal advantage in those five games.