Clayton State women fall 4-0 at No. 13 North Georgia in Peach Belt Conference Tournament
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – November 1, 2011 – The Clayton State Laker women's soccer team entered the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Tuesday with hopes of continuing its momentum it had built late in season.
However, the host North Georgia Lady Saints had too much firepower and downed Clayton State 4-0 in the first round of the PBC Tournament. Despite the defeat, Clayton State still recorded its first winning season since 2007, finishing 9-7-2 overall. No. 13-ranked North Georgia improved to 15-1-1 and will now face No. 22 Columbus State in Friday's PBC Tournament semifinals.
"It was not our day. We made too many mistakes in the first half, and got punished for it," said Clayton State head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "But while we are disappointed in the result, this doesn't take away all that we have accomplished this season with a winning season and 10 shutouts.
"The ladies achieved a lot of goals, and I am very proud of them."
North Georgia struck for three goals in the first half, including the first two within a minute of each other.
Natalie Douglass scored the first Lady Saint goal in the 25th minute from the top of the penalty box off a cross from Abby Trevino. A minute later, Emily Dover scored inside the box off an incoming pass from Cicely Taliaferro. Douglass struck again in the 41st minute, scoring off a corner kick by Taylor Lee.
Dover accounted for North Georgia's lone goal in the second half, scoring in the 56th minute off an assist by Douglass.
North Georgia out-shot Clayton State 15-5. The Laker goalkeeper combination of Laoise O'Driscoll and Kasi Cross recorded five saves.