Freshman Taylor Malasek
had her first career two-goal match as the University of North Georgia women’s soccer team defeated Lander, 5-1, Wednesday
evening at the UNG Soccer Complex. The Nighthawks improved to 4-2-0 in Peach Belt Conference play with the win.
“After they scored to go 1-1, we were able to put our foot back on the glass,” said head women’s soccer coach Chris Adams. “I thought we played a fantastic game in the second half.”
Malasek scored the match’s opening goal in the 11th minute off a deflection from Michelle Allen‘s cross into the box that fell right to her feet. Lander’s Sara Flores scored three minutes later to even the match at 1-1.
Both teams traded shots throughout the next 30 minutes until Rosie Embley bent a shot just under the crossbar in the 43rd minute from 25 yards out to put UNG up, 2-1, going to halftime.
After a foul was drawn in the box, Malasek put home a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to extend the Nighthawk lead. The final two goals were scored by Allen in the 78th and Jordyn Missel in the 87th, both being their first goal of the season.
– With the win, UNG tied the all-time series with Lander at 7-7. The Nighthawks have now won three in a row against the Bearcats.
– Missel’s goal came just nine seconds after stepping on the field. The goal was also the first of her career.
– North Georgia took five shots in the second half, three of which found the back of the net.
The Nighthawks will host No. 23 Limestone in non-conference play on Saturday, October 7. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.