Lady Saints Blank In-State Rival West Georgia 5-0
– The North Georgia women’s soccer team separated
themselves from the field Friday afternoon, scoring three
first-half goals on their way to blanking the University of West
Georgia 5-0 at the Observatory Field in non-conference action.
North Georgia stays undefeated on the year at 2-0-1, while West Georgia falls back to the .500 mark at 1-1. The Lady Saints improve to 2-0-1 all-time against their in-state rival, holding a 9-2 advantage in goals scored. The two teams played to a scoreless tie in Dahlonega last season.
The Lady Saints took full advantage of their five corner kicks during the game, using the free kicks for a trio of goals. Laura Lane was the first beneficiary, receiving a corner from Natalie Douglass to score her first career goal in the fifth minute and give North Georgia a 1-0 lead.
Lauren Schenk tallied her first goal of the year in the 25th minute, adding to her now 22 career goals, which stands alone as top goal scorer in North Georgia history.
Freshman Kelsey Martin was not far behind, scoring her second career goal less then seven minutes later to give the Lady Saints a commanding 3-0 lead heading into intermission.
Douglass and Kelly Martin had a few things in common during the second period as the duo each scored goals that came from corner kicks off the foot of Casey Smith. The two second-half goals gave North Georgia a 5-0 victory and their first shutout of the 2009 season.
North Georgia keeper Jessica English made the most of the one shot she saw on goal, recording one save to pick up her second victory of the season. West Georgia’s Jenny Ross and Patricia Logsdon combined to allow all five goals by the Lady Saints.
North Georgia held the advantage in every major statistical category, including shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks, while the only thing that was even were fouls at nine apiece.
The Lady Saints’ trip to West Georgia ends a three-game road trip to start the season that saw North Georgia comeback from an 0-2 deficit, record a tie with a ranked team, complete a shutout, and play in two different states.
North Georgia will now make their home debut next Wednesday, hosting Anderson University at the Soccer Complex with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. The game against the Trojans is the Lady Saints only home non-conference game of the season, and one of only two home games slated during the month of September.