ANDERSON, S.C. — The No. 25 North Georgia College & State University women’s soccer team put their first-ever national ranking to the test on Thursday evening, traveling to Anderson University and coming from behind to defeat the Trojans 3-1 in non-conference action.
The Lady Saints win their ninth straight game, improving to 10-1 on the year and a perfect 5-0 away from home. Anderson’s struggles continue, falling to 4-7-1 on the year, having dropped six of their last seven contests.
The Trojans started out on fire, catching the Lady Saints off guard as Carrie Settle found a deflection off a defensive player and sent a header past North Georgia keeper Kirsten Ross to give Anderson a 1-0 advantage. The goal at the 15:20 mark was Settle’s sixth score of the year and the Trojans held a one-goal lead heading into intermission.
The Lady Saints would finally break through in the 56th minute as the duo of Casey Smith and Samantha Abrahart connected for what has become the most popular tandem in the league. Abrahart’s equalizer was her Peach Belt Conference-leading 10th goal of the year, while Smith recorded her national-leading 12th assist of the season.
North Georgia continued their second-half surge just 12 minutes later as Emily Dover scored in her second straight game in the 68th minute to give the Lady Saints their first lead of the day at 2-1. Abrahart found herself on the other end of the goal, picking up her fifth assist of the year, while Dover notched her fourth goal of the 2010 campaign.
Danielle Brannan added some insurance late, taking a pass from Kelsey Martin and finishing from 25 yards out in the 86th minute to seal the road victory.
North Georgia will play host to Georgia College & State University at 5 p.m. Tuesday to open PBC play.