GREENWOOD – With a pair of second-half goals and critical defensive play, the Lander women's soccer team earned a 2-1 win over No. 19 North Georgia on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Van Taylor Stadium.
The result marked the Nighthawk's second loss of the season and first conference loss as they move to 10-2-0 overall and 6-1 in the PBC. The Bearcats improve to 5-4-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the conference. This is the first time since 2014 that the Bearcats have defeated the Nighthawks.
Both teams would be scoreless after 25 minutes of play as neither team could get anything going on offense due to the weather conditions. In the 30th minute, North Georgia's Taylor Malasek would get past the goalkeeper and fire the ball in the back of the net to give them the 1-0 lead. The rest of the first half play would be stagnant, resulting from the poor playing conditions as the Nighthawks would take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Bearcats would come out and attack as they would get off nine shots compared to the Nighthawks four. In the 57th minute, Haleigh Bollig would find the back of the net off of the deflection to tie the game at one. It would be only the fifth goal North Georgia has conceded this season.
Eight minutes later, Brianna Taylor would find space and fire the ball from way outside the box as the ball would go over the goalkeeper's head to give the Bearcats the lead. Thanks to the excellent play on defense in the second half Sarah Owen did not have to make a save as the Bearcats would close the game out.
Lander outshot North Georgia 12-7 and would win six corners compared to the Nighthawks five.
Lander will head to UNC Pembroke next Wednesday for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff.
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