October 27, 2012

Women’s Soccer Celebrates “Senior Night” with 3-0 Victory Over USC Aiken

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On a night when six seniors were recognized for their contributions to the women's soccer program over the last four years, the North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team sent their seniors out in style by capturing a 3-0 win over the University of South Carolina Aiken to close out the regular season at the North Georgia Soccer Field.

The regionally-ranked Saints improve to 13-3-2 for the year with a 6-3-2 mark in the Peach Belt Conference while the Pacers fall to 4-11-3 overall and 3-7-1 in the conference.

The win proved to be a pivotal one for the Saints as it helped them tie the Lakers of Clayton State University for fourth place in the conference standings, but North Georgia's Wednesday victory over No. 2 Lander provided the needed tiebreaker, giving the Saints the spot. As the fourth see, North Georgia will host Clayton State in the first round of the 2012 PBC Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

It did not take the Saints long to light up the scoreboard as Cicely Taliaferro scored her eighth goal of the season in just the second minute of play off an assist from senior Leanne South.

The score ended up being the only one of the half, but North Georgia entered halftime having taken 14 shots while holding the Pacers to not a single shot.

The second half started off very similar to the first as Melanie Thompson scored just three minutes in off a corner kick from fellow senior Taylor Lee. It was Lee's team and conference-leading ninth assist of the season while Thompson's goal was her third of the year.

If there was any doubt the Saints were going to win the game, Kayla Croom put those to rest in the 75th minute as when she scored the team's third goal of the match to essentially put the game out of reach. Sophia Matonak set up the goal.

When it was all said and done, the Saints held a 26-4 advantage in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. USC Aiken's Alli Edens made 12 saves in the match but was handed the loss while Mallory Sayre and Amanda Lopez combined to record the shutout with three saves between them.

At halftime of the game, North Georgia recognized Emily Bowen, Taylor Lee, Kelsey Martin, South, Thompson and Abby Trevino for helping the Saints to a 53-16-6 record over the past four years. The six were also key players in the Saints rising as high as fifth in the national poll as well as recording the program's first-ever victory in the NCAA tournament. In their four years, the seniors have seen their team out-score their opposition 203-82.