#21 Braves Clutch Late, Battle Past Lady Saints in 2OT
PEMBROKE, NC – Playing in their first overtime game of the year on Saturday afternoon, the North Georgia women's soccer team saw the game slip from their grasp in the 107th minute as 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke came away with a 1-0 victory in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Lady Saints drop their regular season finale, falling in three of their last four contest and moving to 13-4 overall and 7-3 in the Peach Belt Conference. The 21st-ranked Braves leap North Georgia in the standings, improving to 14-2-2 on the season and 7-2-1 in the league.
The loss gives North Georgia a 4th place finish the PBC standings as the Lady Saints will now turn their attention to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and earning the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. North Georgia has four losses on the year, three of which came to teams teams currently ranked in the latest edition of the NSCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, including #3 Armstrong Atlantic, #11 Columbus State, and #21 UNC Pembroke.
In what turned into an evenly played contest, the Braves held a 21-14 edge in shots, while North Georgia had a 5-4 advantage in corners. Fouls were whistled at 13-11 in favor of UNC Pembroke, but in the category that really mattered, Rebecca Womack dribbled around Lady Saints' keeper Kirsten Ross in the 107th minute to tap home the only goal into an open net for the game-winner.
The unassisted score was Womack's seventh goal of the season as the Braves locked up the 3rd seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament. Both teams had a single shot in the first overtime, but UNC Pembroke tallied four shots in the second overtime with final attempt finding the back of the net.
The Lady Saints had 14 shots coming from 10 different players, but were unable to break through. Caroline Wallace had a trio of shots, while Casey Smith, Kelsey Martin, and Emily Dover all tallied a pair of shots, resulting in seven saves for UNCP keeper Britney Bennett. Ross had seven saves for North Georgia, allowing the only score of the game at the 106:45 mark of double overtime.
The Lady Saints will play host to 5th-seeded Georgia College in the opening round of the conference tournament, welcoming the Bobcats to town for the second time this season on Tuesday afternoon with a primetime 7:00 p.m. kickoff.