Cantrell Adds Four During Early Signing Period

University of North Georgia
12/4/2017 | Baseball
DAHLONEGA – Fresh off a historic season that included a NCAA Southeast Region Championship, head University of North Georgia baseball coach Tom Cantrell has announced the signing of four student-athletes during the early signing period last month. Cantrell has added Hunter Cain, Tim Conway, Jackson Hodnick and Bryant Pietri to the Nighthawk family.

Cain, a pitcher and first baseman from Dacula, Georgia, has played for Archer High School and Team Elite in the summer. He has been named a second-team All-County pitcher. His stats include a 1.81 ERA combined with a 5-0 record in 27 innings of work. At the plate, Cain hit .271 with one homer, two doubles and nine RBI.

“Hunter is a big strong projectable player coming to us from Archer High School,” said Cantrell. “On the mound, Hunter has a power arm with some big upside and can throw multiple pitches for strikes. At the plate he is a strong physical hitter with some power potential. Hunter is a guy that attended one of our prospect camps and is a good fit for our program. He is a great young man from a good family and we are happy to have him on board here at North Georgia!”

Conway, a right-handed utility player from Decatur, Georgia, hit .424 a year ago for Decatur High School and his summer team, the Colt .45’s. He hit four home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI, as well as stole 15 bases and had a 1.306 OPS. Conway was named to the All-County and All-Region First Team as well as the DeKalb County Player of the Month.

“Tim is an extremely athletic player who can play multiple positions from Decatur High School,” Cantrell stated. “He has the potential to hit for average and hit for power and he can run as well. Tim has a great frame that he will continue to add on to and is very projectable. He is a toolsy player and we are excited to get him in the program! Tim will be a great addition to our team and we are excited to add him to the Nighthawk family! ”

A right-handed pitcher from Evans, Georgia, and Greenbrier High School, Hodnick went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings pitched this summer for Baseball Scoutz USA. He was named an honorable mention for the All-Region team.

Cantrell said of Hodnick, “Jackson is a big strong pitcher from a quality program over at Greenbrier. He has great potential on the mound and his better days are ahead of him. He can throw multiple pitches for strikes and has a good hard breaking ball that he can throw on or off the plate for swings and misses. Jackson exemplifies what it means to be a student athlete as he is a great student as well. We are excited to welcome Jackson to the North Georgia family!”

Pietri went 6-0 with two saves and an ERA of 0.23 last season for Loganville High School, marking the lowest ERA in LHS history. The righty threw 30 innings and struck out 30 batters as well.

“Bryant is a quality young man from a great family coming to us from a successful Loganville program that has had some quality pitchers over the years and Bryant is another one that fits that mold,” said Cantrell. “He has a live fastball and a quality breaking ball and had a lot of success last season on a state championship team. Bryant has a loose athletic arm action and we are excited to see him reach his potential. He will be a great addition to our pitching staff next season!”

Five Nighthawks Garner Awards at PBC Banquet

University of North Georgia
11/2/2017 | Men’s Soccer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Five University of North Georgia players were given awards at the Peach Belt Conference’s tournament banquet Thursday night, highlighted by Carl Ludwig Eriksson winning the Elite 15 Award.

Eriksson is the fourth UNG student-athlete to win the award and it is the sixth time that North Georgia has brought home an Elite 15 Award.

Three Nighthawks were named to the All-Conference first team with Daniel Bennett being named as a defender, Matt Sharman as the goalkeeper and Ivan Acimovic as an At-Large pick. Gabriel Garcia was named to the second team as a midfielder.

North Georgia will take on second-seeded Young Harris tomorrow night at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Malasek Highlights Women’s Soccer Awards

University of North Georgia
11/2/2017 | Women’s Soccer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Taylor Malasek won the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year to highlight the University of North Georgia women soccer team’s awards at the tournament banquet Thursday night.

Playing in her first collegiate season, Malasek was second on the team with nine goals during the year, with game-winners against Georgia College and Limestone. She is tied for eighth in the PBC in goals, she added one assist and is tied for 10th in the league in total points. The Peachtree City, Georgia, native becomes the second Nighthawk to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year, joining Kelsey Martin who received the honor in 2009.

Malasek joined Renee VanHorn (forwards) and Jessi Vaverka (defender) on the PBC’s All-Conference second team. Asa Thorsen (midfielder) and Michelle Allen were named to the first team in their first year at UNG after transferring from Armstrong State.

The Nighthawks were also given the PBC Regular Season Championship trophy during the event.

UNG will battle UNC Pembroke in the PBC semifinals tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia.

Nettles Named SoCon Player of the Month For Air Rifle

University of North Georgia
11/2/2017 | Rifle
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – University of North Georgia rifle shooter Kimberlee Nettles was named the SoCon Player of the Month for air rifle Thursday afternoon as announced by the league office.

Nettles finished no worse than fourth in any of her four October air rifle events, highlighted by shooting a personal-best 591 to finish first against Georgia Southern on Oct. 14. The Waycross, Georgia, native finished third with a score of 587 against No. 19 UT-Martin the following day before closing the month with consecutive 585s in a fourth-place showing against The Citadel and Georgia Southern on Oct. 21 and in a third-place finish against No. 17 Morehead State on Oct. 28.

Nettles averages a team-best 585.714 in air rifle this season, marking her as the best in the conference.

Others nominated for the monthly award were Selina Curren (UAB), Max Brabston (The Citadel) and Rosemary Kramer (Georgia Southern).

North Georgia will be back in action on Saturday, November 4, at VMI in Lexington, Virginia. The match is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

Alex Grant Named PBC Player of the Week

University of North Georgia
10/30/2017 | Men’s Soccer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – For the first time in his collegiate career, University of North Georgia men’s soccer player Alex Grant was named the Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer player of the week as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

Grant scored three goals with one assist in two games for the Nighthawks. The junior from Wolverhampton, England, scored a goal and added an assist as UNG downed Clayton State 5-2 on the road, locking up the No. 3 seed in the PBC Tournament in the process. He followed that by scoring both UNG goals in a 3-2 loss to North Greenville in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

The three goals give him nine on the season, ranking him fourth in the league through the regular season. He is also tied for ninth in assists and is fourth in the league with 22 points.

Grant and the Nighthawks will host the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals at the UNG Soccer Complex tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. as they welcome the No. 6 seed USC Aiken Pacers to Dahlonega.

Women’s Soccer Named Co-PBC Regular Season Champions; No. 1 Seed in Tourney

University of North Georgia
10/28/2017 | Women’s Soccer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – After Georgia College defeated No. 15 Columbus State, 2-1Saturday afternoon, the University of North Georgia women’s soccer team claimed its first-ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship. The Nighthawks will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming PBC tournament starting Tuesday.

North Georgia finished the regular season at 11-3-2 and 8-2 in league play. UNG finished in a tie with Columbus State atop the PBC standings and both teams are regular-season co-champions. However, North Georgia defeated Columbus State, 3-2, in Columbus in September and take the top seed with the head-to-head win. UNG has been the No. 2 seed in the tournament each of the past three seasons.

The Nighthawks will open up the tournament against No. 8 seed USC Aiken on Tuesday in Dahlonega at the UNG Soccer Complex. UNG defeated the Pacers, 3-2, in come-from-behind fashion earlier this month.

Should UNG defeat USC Aiken Tuesday, they will travel to Evans, Georgia, and Blanchard Woods Park for the tournament semifinals, starting Friday morning.

Men’s Soccer Comeback Falls Just Short in 3-2 Loss, No. 3 Seed in PBC Tournament

University of North Georgia
10/28/2017 | Men’s Soccer | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – Trailing 3-0 in the first half, the University of North Georgia men’s soccer team battled back to make it a game but fell short in a 3-2 loss to North Greenville Saturday afternoon at a rainy UNG Soccer Complex. The Nighthawks finish the regular season at 8-7-0.

North Georgia will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference tournament and will play Tuesday in Dahlonega at the UNG Soccer Complex against USC Aiken.

The Crusaders scored in the 15th, 21st and 27th minutes to take a 3-0 lead before the Nighthawks started to fight back.

Alex Grant scored off a scrum in front of goal in the 32nd minute that cut the NGU lead to 3-1. Grant scored again just 90 seconds into the second half off a Gabriel Garcia free kick, but North Georgia could not get another shot past the Crusader keeper the rest of the match.

NOTES
– North Georgia held the Crusaders without a shot in the second half, outshooting them by a total of 16-8.

– North Greenville ties the all-time series with the Nighthawks at a match each with the win.

NEXT UP
North Georgia will be the No. 3 seed in the Peach Belt Conference tournament and will host the quarterfinal matchup against USC Aiken on Tuesday at the UNG Soccer Complex.

Men’s Soccer Clinches No. 3 Seed in 5-2 Win at Clayton State

University of North Georgia
10/25/2017 | Men’s Soccer | Box Score
MORROW, Ga. – A five-goal performance powered the University of North Georgia men’s soccer team to clinch the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference Tournament after a 5-2 win over Clayton State Wednesday night at CSU’s Laker Field. The Nighthawks are now 8-6 overall.

Gabriel Garcia scored the lone first half goal in the 30th minute of play, and Evan Davis doubled the Nighthawk lead in the 52nd minute. Seconds later, Ivan Acimovic netted a goal to put UNG up, 3-0.

Alex Grant was able to stretch the lead to four goals with a goal from distance in the 69th minute, but the Lakers responded with a goal moments later to give UNG a 4-1 lead. The lead was cut to 4-2 in the 85th minute, but Eren Ozer brought the match to its final score with a breakaway goal in the 86th minute.

NOTES
– This is the third time this season that the Nighthawks have scored five goals in a single game. UNG has now scored five or more goals in a match seven times in the past two seasons.

– Tonight’s win marks the second win against Clayton State in the past three seasons. Both UNG wins came at Clayton State.

– The No. 3 seeding is the second-highest seed the Nighthawks have garnered in the Peach Belt Tournament in program history, one spot below last year’s No. 2 seed. The win tonight ensures that UNG will host the Peach Belt quarterfinals on Halloween night.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks will finish out the regular season at home against North Greenville on Saturday, October 28. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at the UNG Soccer Complex.

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