Four First Half Goals Propel #7 UNG Women's Soccer Past Georgia College 4-2
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) - The #7 University of North Georgia women's soccer scored four first half goals and picked up its second straight Peach Belt Conference road win with a 4-2 league victory at Georgia College on Saturday. Senior forward Kelly Penston was involved with all of the Nighthawks scores as she tallied the game-winner and assisted on all three of UNG's other goals.
It took UNG less than a minute to set the tone for the game when Kassidy Freeman found the back of the net just 0:59 into the game with the assist coming off the foot of Penston. The goal was Freeman's second of the season. The sophomore forward would not need long to find her second goal when she used another Penston helper at the 3:19 mark to extend the UNG lead to 2-0.
In the 11th minute Penston would score her team-best seventh goal of the year on a break away to stretch the Nighthawks' lead to 3-0. The goal marks her third game-winner of the season.
Georgia College would cut into the lead when Abby Dalton would take a pass from Cayce Hamilton and slip it past UNG goalie Mallory Sayre at the 14:04 mark.
UNG would tack on a fourth goal before intermission when Molly Arrendale netted her first first career goal with Penston credited with her third helper of the day.
GC would wrap the game's scoring in the 78th minute when Ashley Veilleux would score on an assist from Dalton.
The game's shots were all square with both teams taking 17 total shots including eight apiece before halftime. GC held a slight 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Sayre moved to 6-1 on the season after stopping six of the eight shots the Bobcats were able to put on frame.
"Today we were able to put together our most complete offensive performance of the season thus far," stated head coach Chris Adams. "I was incredibly impressed with our attack today and am very proud of our team's ability to win another crucial Peach Belt road game."
The win marks the program's sixth straight as the Nighthawks improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in PBC play. Georgia College falls to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
North Georgia returns to action on October 1 when the Nighthawks host the University of Alabama – Huntsville at 6:00 PM at the UNG Soccer Complex.