September 17, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Four – Monday, September 17, 2012

Women’s Cross Country

Last week: Mercer Run Fit Sports Invitational – 10th of 19

This week: Montevallo Invitational (Montevallo, Ala. – 9/22)

The North Georgia College & State women’s cross country team finished their third meet of the season on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 10th-place showing out of the 19 teams that competed in the Mercer Run Fit Sports Invitational. 

Once again, junior Emily Beusse led the way for the Saints with a top-10 finish – ninth – in a time of 19:51. Meagan Anstett (21:18), Sallie Davis (22:18), Karley Barcus (22:28) and Dottie Kellogg (22:36) rounded out the top-five for the Saints.

The team will look to contnue their improvements this week by competing in the University of Montevallo’s Montevallo Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Men’s Golf

Last week: Smoky Mountain Invitational – 7th Place

This week: USCA/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate (Kiawah Island, S.C. – 9/17-18)

The North Georgia men’s golf team, led by senior Derek Watson, finished Carson-Newman’s Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate last week with a seventh-place team finish. Watson posted a 72 in the opening round of play and followed that up with a 75 for a combined 147 which put him 17th overall.

Teammate Austin Booker finished just two strokes behind in a tie for 26th as he posted a 78 in the opening round and then bounced back with a 71. 

The men are next competing in the 36-hole USCA/Kiawah Isaldn Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. hosted by fellow Peach Belt Conference institution the University of South Carolina Aiken. The tournament begins today, Monday, Sept. 17 and continues tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Women’s Golf

Last week: Smoky Mountain Invitational – 14th Place

This week: Montevallo/Full Moon BBQ Invitational (Montevallo, Ala. – 9/17-18)

The women’s golf team opened their 2012-13 campaign last week with a 13th-place finish in the Smoky Mountain Invitational. The Saints were led by sophomore Abbey Gill and junior Casey Truelove who finished in a tie for 50th.

The women are also competing this week at a PBC school’s tournament, but will instead head in the opposite direction, to Montevallo, Ala. to compete in the Montevallo/Full Moon BBQ Invitational hosted by the University of Montevallo at the Timberline Golf Club. 

Mixed Rifle 

The North Georgia mixed rifle team will finally have the opportunity to start their 2012-13 season this weekend as they are set to competeat Fort Benning, GA against Columbus State on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The rifle team will be under the leadership of second-year coach Tori Kostecki who was previously the captain of the North Georgia rifle team for four years.

The 2012-13 team is comprised mostly of underclassmen with seven freshmen and four sophomores on the roster. The most experienced of the group will be junior Evan Bates.

Men’s Soccer (2-3, 0-1 PBC)

Last week (1-1): Lenoir-Rhyne (W, 1-0); #18 Young Harris (L, 3-2)

This week: Away vs. Lees-McRae (9/19 – 3:00 p.m.)

The men’s soccer team went 1-1 last week in a two-game homestand that included the Saints’ Peach Belt Conference opener against Young Harris College Saturday night.

The Saints kicked off their week with a 1-0 region victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Sophomore midfielder Manuel Hernandez scored the game-winning goal in the 78th-minute when goalkeeper Kristopher Alonzo punted the ball clear across the field to James Dobbin who used a head flick to pass the ball over to Hernadez. Hernandez was able to clean up the play, putting the ball into the back of the net. 

In Saturday’s conference opener with Young Harris, the Saints fell behind 2-0 early in the opening stanza as the nationally-ranked Mountain Lions scored both of their opening goals within four minutes of each other.

Young Harris’ Ashely Walker then gave North Georgia some life as he scored an own-goal while trying to clear the ball out of the box.

Freshman Amin El-Shami then added his first goal of the season to knot the score at two-all, but Young Harris would go on in the second half to find the game-winner.

The Saints will enjoy a bit of a break this week as they play just one match on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. The match with the Bobcats (2-4) will start at 3:00 p.m. 

Women’s Soccer (7-0, 1-0 PBC – 11th in Nation by NSCAA)

Last week (2-0): at Carson-Newman (W, 8-2); vs. Young Harris (W, 4-0)

This week: Home vs. Georgia College (9/22 – 1:00 p.m., PBC game)

The women’s soccer team continued their ascent up the NCAA Division II ladder last wek with a pair of victories after the National Soccer Coaches of American Association (NSCAA) placed the Saints 11th-nationally and second in the Southeast region last Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Sayre was recognized by the confernce office as the Peac Belt Conference Goalkeeper-of-the-Week. Sayre now boasts a 7-0 record in goal and leads the conference with 37 saves and is third in the league in save percentage (.925) and is fourth in goals-against average (0.45).

North Georgia opened their week with an 8-2 road-victory over the Eagles of South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman College on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and then followed that performance up with a 4-0 victory in their Peach Belt Conference opener at home over Young Harris College which began a three-game homestand for the Saints.

In the Carson-Newman game, seven different players scored goals led by senior Kelsey Martin with two. Caroline Wallace scored the game’s first goal with a header off Taylor Lee’s corner kick. Sophia Matonak, Kayla Croom, Cicely Taliaferro, Mackenzie Robbins and Leanne South all also scored in the contest as the Saints out-shot the Eagles 38-9.

North Georgia was able to roll their high-energy and fast pace over into Saturday’s conference opener as the Saints earned their fifth shutout victory of the season. Megan Morrow, a sophomore defender, registered the game-winner just three minutes into the contest as she found the ball bouncing around the box following another Lee corner kick.

But Morrow was not done as she then recorded a pair of assists from her centerback position to tally four points on the day. Kelly Penston, Wallace and Matonak all scored.

Like the men, the Saint women have just one contest to prepare for this week, but the women’s match will be a conference game at home. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Georgia College Bobcats will prowl into town with a record of 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the league for the 1:00 p.m. game.