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North Georgia women's soccer wins 7-0
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The North Georgia College & State women’s soccer team earned its second shutout victory of the season Saturday with a 7-0 win over Mount Olive College in Dahlonega.

Six different Saints (2-0) scored in the contest, including freshman Sophia Matonak, Kelly Penston, Abby Trevino, Kelsey Martin, Kayla Croom and two from Whitley Dover.

The Saints out-shot the Trojans 25-10, forcing Mount Olive’s pair of goalies, Carolin Edenhofner and Kelsey Cirrito, to combine for nine saves. Freshman Mallory Sayre started her second collegiate game Saturday for North Georgia and made four saves.

The Saints will next face Belmont Abbey College at 1 p.m. Monday in Dahlonega.

SAINTS MEN’S SOCCER WINS: A day after the North Georgia College & State men’s soccer team dropped their season-opener, the Saints powered back with a 3-1 victory over Pfeiffer University in the Clayton State Laker Shootout Saturday in Morrow.

The Saints (1-1) never trailed in the contest as Gustavo Cunha recorded his first goal of the season 15 minutes into the game with a shot from 25 yards out.

After a Falcons’ goal, the Saints’ Max Angel scored with just two minutes left in the half to give North Georgia the 2-1 lead heading into intermission.

Juan Hurtado added the final goal for North Georgia.

The Saints held the advantage in shots (17-9) and corner kicks (9-3) but the Falcons’ goalie, Zach Liles, was forced to make three more saves than Kristopher Alonzo.

North Georgia plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Tampa, Fla. in the Peach Belt—Sunshine Challenge. The Saints will face tournament host University of Tampa before taking on Eckerd two days later.

NORTH GEORGIA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TAKES THIRD: The regular-season opened up Saturday morning for the North Georgia College & State University women’s cross country team, as the squad competed in its first meet in more than two years, the Young Harris Invitational. The squad finished third in the four-team event with three runners finishing inside the top-10.

Emily Buesse paced the Saints with a fourth-place effort, crossing the line in the women’s 5,000-meter race in a time of 21:13.75. Also finishing in the top-10 for North Georgia were Emily Roemer in ninth (22:02.72) and Meagan Anstett in 10th (22:19.93).

Young Harris’ Nicole Smith claimed the individual crown in the event in a time of 20:29.00 as the Mountain Lions finished runner-up to the University of West Georgia, which claimed four of the top-10 spots in the four-team meet.

The Saints will be back in action on Friday when they compete in the North Georgia Tech Invitational in Clarksville.

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