October 5, 2013

#22 Armstrong Atlantic Rallies From Early Deficit To End #6 Nighthawks' Seven-Match Winning Streak

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DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) -
In a battle of a pair of nationally ranked teams, the sixth-ranked University of North Georgia women's soccer team came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision against visiting #22 Armstrong Atlantic at the UNG Soccer Complex.   Following a pair of early goals from UNG's Kelly Penston, the Pirates rallied for three unanswered goals to end the Nighthawk's seven-match winning streak.

Penston, who came into the match ranked tied for sixth nationally in goals per game, scored the first goal on the day at the in the 14th minute following a corner kick from junior Megan Morrow.

Just under four minutes later, Penston scored again after beating the keeper to give UNG the 2-0 lead, with the assist coming from freshman Megan Gil. The goals were the senior forward's ninth and tenth of the season.

However, from this point on the game was all Armstrong-Atlantic. With just over 11 minutes left in the first half, AASU's Kailey Goins put the Pirates on the board with a goal in her only shot of the game. Armstrong Atlantic then registered another goal ten minutes into the second half after A'shanae Monroe cleaned up a rebound off UNG goalkeeper Mallory Sayre.

With 24:35 remaining in the half, Taylor Valley scored the game-winning goal to give Armstrong-Atlantic the 3-2 lead, assisted by Monroe, which they would go on to keep.

The Nighthawks would go scoreless in the second half due to an outstanding effort from the defense of Armstrong Atlantic and the help of goalkeeper, Morgan Luckie.  She would finish with three saves to move to 5-1-2 on the season.  Sayre would 11 saves on 14 Pirate shots on frame.

Armstrong Atlantic would finish the afternoon with a decisive 22-6 advantage in shots on goal.   

"They know how to win. It's a mentality they have that they don't rollover, they keep fighting from start to finish. They were down 2-0 and they could've quit, but they didn't. We need to do a little better job and mirror that," said UNG head coach Chris Adams. "We were a little bit sporadic, at times we looked absolutely brilliant and other times we took the foot off the gas and allowed them dictate play. We'll learn from this, it's not the end of the season but we just hope to learn from it."

The game marked the third one-goal decision between the two schools in the last four contests dating back to last season.  The contest was also a culmination of the UNG campus community supporting the women's soccer team's Cancer Awareness initiative. 

UNG (7-2-0, 2-1-0 PBC) returns to action on Wednesday, October 9th when the Nighthawks travel to the University of Montevallo for another Peach Belt Conference matchup.

Story By: Chris Natsch, UNG Athletic Communications Student Assistant