Burton Scores Twice, Leads Pirates Past Saints In PBC First Round
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Junior Kristin Burton tallied a pair of goals and the Armstrong Atlantic State women's soccer squad withstood a late charge from host North Georgia in picking up a 2-0 Peach Belt Conference first round tournament victory on Tuesday afternoon in Dahlonega.
The Pirates (11-5-3) advance to the PBC Tournament semifinals on Friday, November 7. AASU will face the winner of Tuesday night's Clayton State/Columbus State matchup at 7:30 p.m. in Evans, Ga. North Georgia (8-7-2) sees its season come to an end for the second straight year to the Pirates.
The match was a tight defensive affair with both teams collecting four shots apiece through the first 42 minutes. In the 43rd minute, sophomore Alyssa Anderson assisted on Burton's first goal, beating NGCSU keeper Jessica English on her first shot taken on the afternoon.
Burton added an insurance goal in the 65th minute, converting off of a pass from Jamie Craine, to put the Pirates up, 2-0. The goal was her 64th of her career, tying the junior with Clayton State's Nkiru Okosieme (2001-04) for second all-time in Peach Belt Conference history in goals scored.
The Saints put pressure on the Pirates in the final 15 minutes, getting off five shots and forcing AASU keeper Tracey Mitchell to make a pair of saves, but Mitchell kept North Georgia scoreless to record her sixth shutout of the season.
North Georgia finished the match with a 12-8 advantage in shots, while AASU held a slim 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Mitchell made three saves in the match for the Pirates, while English made three saves in net for the Saints.