November 1, 2011

Lady Saints Blast Lakers 4-0, Advance in PBC Tournament

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

DAHLONEGA, GA – The 2nd-seeded and 13th-ranked North Georgia women's soccer team picked up just their second postseason win in school history on Tuesday evening, using a trio of first-half goals on their way to a 4-0 victory over Clayton State in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. 

It was a milestone win for the Lady Saints (15-1-1), who set a school record for wins in a season and advance to the PBC Tournament Final Four for the second consecutive season.

North Georgia will now have a showdown with 3rd-seeded Columbus State in the semifinals after the Cougars defeated UNC Pembroke 1-0 in the opening Tuesday afternoon. Columbus State handed the Lady Saints their only loss of the 2011 season and snatched the 2010 PBC Tournament Championship from North Georgia with a 4-2 victory in the title game. 

The senior duo of Natalie Douglass and Emily Dover paced the North Georgia scoring attack, as two goals from both players propelled the Lady Saints to a 4-0 victory.

Natalie Douglass' strike in the 26th minute was the game-winner, but the Lawrenceville, Georgia, native was not done there, as she added another score in the 42nd minute off a corner for her fourth goal of the season. 

Dover continued to add to her stellar season, scoring a goal in each half to run her total to 16 for the year, a mark that continues to lead the Peach Belt Conference as the Canton, Georgia, native extends her school record with every goal she records.

Kirsten Ross was perfect in goal once again for North Georgia, playing 73 minutes and not allowing a goal while tallying four saves in the win. Alex Dunlap came on in relief and was not tested over the final 17 minutes. 

Laoise O'Driscoll suffered the loss for the Lakers in goal, giving up all four North Georgia goals and adding three saves in 65 minutes of action.

The Lady Saints held a 15-5 advantage in shots, and tallied four corner kicks to just a pair for Clayton State. The Lakers end the 2011 season at 9-7-2, with two of those losses coming to North Georgia.