Saints Finish Weekend with 3-1 Win Over Crusaders
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team capped off their four-team tournament Monday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College.
The win, which capped off a tough stretch of three region games in five days, improves the Saints' record to 3-0 while the Crusaders fell to 0-2.
North Georgia recorded six shots towards the Belmont Abbey goal before the Crusaders could get their first shot off. The Saints continued to apply the pressure when sophomore Cicely Taliaferro found the back of the net off a header set up by a corner kick by senior Taylor Lee.
The Saints held the 1-0 advantage into the half as they out-shot the Crusaders 13-6 in the opening stanza, and that attack continued into the second period.
Kelly Penston gave the Saints a 2-0 advantage 19 minutes into the second half. Elizabeth Buchanan played the ball into the box to Whitley Dover who did a one-touch pass to Penston who placed the ball past the keeper.
The game would take a bit of an unexpected turn just three minutes later as Belmont Abbey's Cassidy Coutinho was finally able to break through off an assist by Alana Ryczek to pull the Crusaders within one goal.
North Georgia's freshman keeper, Mallory Sayre, went 216 minutes without allowing a goal in her first three collegiate games.
With a bit of momentum, the Crusaders desperately attempted to find the equalizer, but the Saints proved just too fast with a deep bench. After starting the game and taking a breather on the bench, Abby Trevino came back in and sprinted past Belmont Abbey's defenders much to the pleasure of Taliaferro who deftly placed the ball at Trevino's feet to set up the score.
The third goal of the game essentially iced the match for the Saints as the Crusaders were unable to create much offence in the final eight minutes.
North Georgia finished the game with 30 shots compared to Belmont Abbey's 10. The Saints also held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks while Hannah Kohls was forced to make seven more saves (14-7) than Sayre.
The Saints will next compete in their second tournament of the young season, the West Florida Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9. North Georgia will first take on Florida Southern University Friday at 2:00 p.m. and will then take on national-ranked Rollins on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.