October 23, 2013

UNG Women's Soccer Storms Back From Halftime Deficit To Down Columbus State 3-2

COLUMBUS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – In a battle of regionally-ranked teams, the University of North Georgia women's soccer team rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Columbus State University 3-2 on Wednesday in a pivotal Peach Belt Conference contest at CSU's Walden Soccer Complex.  Senior Kelly Penston was involved in all three of the Nighthawks' scores including a goal and a pair of assists.

The host Cougars lit the scoreboard first in the 15th minute when Jackie Hellett positioned herself in the box and used a pass from Andi Larese for the game's first score.

The remaining 31+ minutes the first half would remain scorless despite CSU holding an 11-4 advantage in shots including a 6-1 bonus in shots on frame. 

The offensive flow would shift over to the visiting Nighthawks in the second half as North Georgia would be responsible for 10 of the half's 16 shots.  After intermission, UNG would force eight shots on target compared to just one from Columbus State.

The equalizer came just 10 minutes into the second period when Kelly Penston used a nice through ball from Cicely Taliaferro before beating CSU keeper Meosha Hatcher in the top shelf.  The goal would be Penston's league-leading 14th of the season.   

In the 74th minute, freshman Mollie Arrendale was able to punch home her third goal of the season after a shot from Penston struck the cross bar.  Five minutes later it would be Caroline Wallace that would clean up another near-goal by Penston.  CSU's Hatcher would register her sixth save of the night but would not be able to gather complete control of it before Wallace would tidy it up for her fifth goal of the season and a 3-1 North Georgia lead.

Four minutes later in the 82nd minute, Columbus State would tack on an unassisted goal by Chelsea Person to cut the deficit to 3-2 but the Cougars were not able to put another shot on frame before time expired.

UNG's Mallory Sayre collected five saves en route to her ninth victory in goal while Hatcher ended the evening with six saves against the three goals allowed as she took just her third loss of the season.

North Georgia (10-3-1, 5-2-1 PBC) returns to action on Saturday, October 26th when Flagler College comes to Dahlonega for a 1:00 PBC kick off.

Photo courtesy of Columbus State Sports Information