COLUMBUS — A pair of second-half goals propelled the North Georgia College & State University women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over 15th-ranked Florida Southern on Sunday in the third game of the Peach Belt Conference vs. Southern States Athletic Conference Invitational at the Walden Soccer Complex.
The streaking Lady Saints win their eighth straight game, improving to 9-1 on the year, while the Mocs of Florida Southern fall to 5-3-2 on the season.
The Lady Saints are now 3-0 in their last three games at the Walden Soccer Complex, with two of the wins coming against nationally ranked opponents, including last year’s 1-0 thriller over then third-ranked Columbus State University.
The first half saw chances for both sides as the Mocs managed five shots with their best scoring opportunity coming at the 43:37 mark as Princess Haley broke free and fired a shot that was blocked before the North Georgia defense cleared the threat.
The Lady Saints tallied four shots in the first half, with their only shot on goal coming from the foot of Casey Smith who sent a two-hopper toward the net in the 38th minute, but Martina Tangen smothered the chance to keep the game scoreless heading into intermission.
North Georgia came out firing in the second half and scored first as Lauren Schenk played a ball behind the defense to a streaking Emily Dover who dribbled toward goal and chipped a shot over the charging keeper that found the back of the net to give the Lady Saints a 1-0 advantage.
The 47th minute goal was Dover’s third score of the season, while Schenk tallied her third assists of the year.
Kelsey Martin got her chance just six minutes later at the 53:56 mark as Samantha Abrahart headed a ball to the sophomore in the box and the defending PBC Freshman of the Year avoided one defender and slid a shot inside the right post to add to the lead and make it a 2-0 North Georgia lead.
Florida Southern would have an answer in the 74th minute as Sydney O’Hair played a cross into the box that bounced past North Georgia keeper Kirsten Ross, finding Emily Griffith who sent home her second goal of the year to cut the lead in half at 2-1.