November 1, 2011

Lady Saints to Host Clayton State in PBC Tourney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the bracket for the 2011 Women's Soccer Tournament on Saturday evening and North Georgia is slated to play host to Clayton State on Tuesday afternoon in opening round action.

The Lady Saints, ranked No. 11 in the country in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will welcome 7th-seeded Clayton State to town for a 4:30 p.m. contest at the Soccer Complex.

North Georgia is 1-6-1 all time in the PBC Tournament, but finally broke through last year, advancing past Georgia College in Penalty kicks and defeating Armstrong Atlantic in the semifinals to advance to the program's first-ever tournament championship game.

The Lady Saints are 0-1-1 in their history of hosting PBC Tournament games, as they will look to pick up their first home playoff victory in school history. North Georgia has faced Clayton State just one time in PBC Tournament history, a 2006 opening round game on the road where the Lakers came away with a 4-0 victory.

Earlier this year, North Georgia used a pair of second-half goals to take down Clayton State on the road, but this time the Lady Saints have them at home and its win or go home for the Lakers.

At No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Poll, North Georgia is likely a lock to advance to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament, but a run deep into the PBC Tournament would solidify that bid and give the Lady Saints a chance of hosting a first round contest. 

In other first round action, top-seeded and 18th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic will play host to 8th-seeded Georgia College in the first game of the day at 2:00 p.m., while 5th-seeded Flagler will travel to 4th-seeded Lander and will kickoff adjacent to the Lady Saints.

The only night game in the opening round will pair 3rd-seeded Columbus and 6th-seeded UNC Pembroke for possibly the most interesting matchup of all the first round games. The Braves knocked off the Cougars in double overtime on the road earlier this year and will need to do it again to advance in the tournament. A win for North Georgia in the opening round would send them to a showdown with either Columbus State or UNC Pembroke in the semifinals.

The winners of each first round game will advance to the PBC final four on Friday, Nov. 4, at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.  The championship game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Blanchard Woods.

Columbus State has won four of the last five PBC Tournaments, but they have done so as one of the top two seeds each year and have never received the No. 3 seed.  History is on the side of Armstrong Atlantic and North Georgia, as nine of the 11 PBC Tournament Champions has been one of the top two seeds, including each of the last six.

The winner of the PBC tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Admission to the first round of the PBC Tournament will be $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and free to all North Georgia faculty and students with a valid ID. Children under 3 admitted free. Please remember that dogs are strictly prohibited from the premises and will be enforced for all playoff games.

2011 Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, Nov. 1

#8 Georgia College at #1 Armstrong Atlantic State,  2:00

#7 Clayton State at #2 North Georgia, 4:30

#6 UNC Pembroke at #3 Columbus State, 7:00

#5 Flagler at #4 Lander, 4:30

Friday, Nov. 4 - Blanchard Woods Park

8-1 Winner vs. 4-5 Winner, 5:00

6-3 Winner vs. 2-7 Winner, 5:00

Sunday, Nov. 6 - Blanchard Woods Park

Championship Game, 1:00