BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior Erin Barcal notched a goal early in the second half, but the Lees-McRae women's soccer team fell to No. 19 North Georgia, 3-1, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Tate Filed in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Nighthawks (3-0) outshot LMC 11-1 in the first half while Sophia Matonak led the offense with a goal and an assist. The Bobcats (0-3) came out in the second half with a pep in their step and outshot UNG 3-0 in the first five minutes, and amassed nine in the final 45.
UNG benefitted from a close call inside the box and would take a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick 33 minutes into the contest.
The visitors extended the lead to two when Kassidy Freeman corralled a Matonak pass inside the box and took advantage of a 2v1 situation and squeaked a shot past the outstretched arms of Alexis Feely (Wake Forest, N.C.).
Feely amassed four saves in the match.
Barcal (Wilmington, N.C.) fetched a Kate Brandon (Charlotte, N.C.) pass and pinged a shot off the post at the 51:17 mark to cut the deficit in half.
Moments earlier, junior Cheyenne Warrick (Pikeville, N.C.) nearly struck gold when her blast from 17 yards out was saved by Mallory Sayre.
Sayre made three saves, all in the second half.
The Nighthawks' Jade Pennock netted a goal with 8:15 remaining to make it 3-1 from 23 yards out.
Pennock and Matonak combined for 10 shots.
LMC had four player's record two shots each.
The Bobcats travel to Mars Hill Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
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