Women's Soccer Drops Opener To Saints

Women's Soccer Drops Opener To Saints
Steph Day notched the first goal of the season for the Bucs for the second time in her career. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
TAMPA, Fla.—The Barry women’s soccer team opened the 2009 season with a narrow 3-2 loss to the North Georgia Saints at Tampa’s Pepin Stadium on Sunday.
The Saints (1-0-1) struck twice in the space of 1:23 in the second half to build a 3-1 lead and weathered a late goal from the Bucs (0-1-0) for the win.
Kelsey Martin put North Georgia up 1-0 in the 23rd minute with an assist from Kelly Penston. But the Bucs responded just three minutes later as Lainie Ferring lifted a corner kick to Steph Day who slotted the ball home to even the contest.  
In the second half, Casey Smith and Danielle Brannon struck with unassisted goals, just 1:23 apart.
Allie Llaneras trimmed the lead to one with a goal in the 69th minute off a pass from Haley Struthers, but the Bucs could not find the equalizer over the last 20 minutes.
Freshman Emily Brunschweiler had four saves for the Bucs in her first collegiate start, while Jessica English made one save for Saints.
The Bucs return home to host Florida Memorial on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 pm at Buccaneer Field.
                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                          2006 Barry University Soccer
                North Georgia vs Barry (08/30/09 at Tampa, Fla.)
 North Georgia (1-0-1) vs. Barry (0-1-0)
 Date: 08/30/09      Attendance: 74
 Weather: Hot and Clear
 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 North Georgia.......  1  2 -  3
 Barry.......................  1  1 -  2
  1.  22:31 NGCSUW Martin, Kelsey (1) (Penston, Kelly)
  2.  24:38 BUW Steph Day (1) (Lainie Ferring) - goal off the cornerkick
  3.  57:41 NGCSUW Smith, Casey (unassisted)
  4.  59:04 NGCSUW Brannon, Danielle (unassisted)
  5.  68:32 BUW Allie Llaneras (Haley Struthers)
 Shots: North Georgia 14, Barry 9
 Saves: North Georgia 1 (English, Jessica 1), Barry 4 (Emily Brunschweiler 4)