October 4, 2011

Lady Saints Ranked No. 11 for Second Straight Week

Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu


DAHLONEGA, GA – For the second straight week, the North Georgia women's soccer team checks in at No. 11 in the country according to the latest NSCAA Division II National Rankings released on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Saints started their climb in the national rankings on September 20, when they entered the national poll as the No. 20 team in the land and have followed with back-to-back spots at No. 11. Three straight weeks in the Top 25 rankings is a new record for North Georgia after entering the poll for two weeks during October of the 2010 campaign.

The top teams in the country were nearly unchanged as 10 of the top 13 teams in the land retained their ranking for the second straight week. The only changes came to Lenoir-Rhyne who moved up one spot to No. 7, while Saint Rose jumped a single slot to No. 8, and Fort Lewis (Colo.) dropped a pair of spots and checked in at No. 9.

At a perfect 9-0-0 on the year, the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) remains the No. 1 team in the country, while UC San Diego and California (Pa.) round out the top three respectively.

North Georgia remains one of two teams in the Peach Belt Conference ranked in the Top 25, as Armstrong Atlantic goes from receiving votes each of the least two weeks to No. 22 in the country. The Pirates were ranked as high as No. 11 in the preseason poll, but fell out in the fourth poll before reentering this week. The Lady Saints match Armstrong's preseason ranking of No. 11 as the highest ranking in the PBC this year.

Chris Adams had North Georgia steam rolling the competition again this week, as they capped a three-game road swing with a 2-0 victory at Clayton State in Peach Belt Conference action. The Lady Saints then returned to Dahlonega after 14 days away from their home field and inched past the Eagles of Carson-Newman College 3-2 in non-conference action. 

With every win, North Georgia continues to extend their best start in school history, as the squad has run their unbeaten streak to nine games to open the season. Emily Dover has been the constant throughout the year, scoring a league-leading eight goals in the last seven games to pace the Lady Saints.

The team got some unexpected offense against Carson-Newman however, as Abbey Trevino got in on the scoring for the first time this year and tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute.

North Georgia (9-0, 4-0) will put their perfect mark on the line this weekend when they welcome Flagler College (6-4, 2-2) to town on Saturday afternoon for a Peach Belt Conference battle of the Saints. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Soccer Complex.