After two tough losses, including an overtime defeat in which the Nighthawks led with just one minute left to play in regulation, the UNG women’s soccer team had no problem putting away its opponent Wednesday, cruising to a 5-1 win over Lander University.
“As hard as it was to take that Flagler loss, sometimes those losses expose your weaknesses and they make you go back to soul search a little bit to fix your weaknesses,” head coach Chris Adams said. “[It was a] tough week for us to drop two games last week, but it also exposes our weaknesses, which we have gone back and worked on. I think tonight was proof of how coachable we were.”
North Georgia showed very little weakness against the Bearcats when they scored first to make it 1-0 with a goal in the 10th minute. The goal was delivered by freshman Taylor Malasek and assisted by senior Michelle Allen.
Lander’s Sara Flores evened things up to make it 1-1 in the 13th minute. Rosie Embley responded back for North Georgia when she scored in the 42nd minute after getting the ball from teammate Asa Thorsen.
The Nighthawks went into the second half up 2-1. North Georgia dominated the second half, scoring three goals to put Lander away. Malasek finished the game with two goals, adding her second in the 62nd minute for North Georgia on a penalty kick after Renee VanHorn was taken down in the box. Allen got her first goal of the season for the Nighthawks in the 77th minute before Brynn Finneran assisted Jordyn Missel to her first goal of the season, and UNG’s last of the night in the 86th minute, making it 5-1.
Malasek was pleased and relieved that her team picked up the win against Lander.
“The first loss against Young Harris was just a depressing loss,” Malasek said. “We were not expecting that, so we were in a little bit of a slump and then against Flagler we were winning, then we lose again — another frustrating loss, so we were all pretty fed up with losing. So I think this game was a great confidence-booster.”