Women’s Soccer Looking to Upset No. 4 Northwood Today

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In the second half of today’s soccer doubleheader at the Grizzly Soccer Complex, the Georgia Gwinnett women’s team will be looking to knock off No. 4 Northwood. Kickoff will follow the conclusion of the men’s game with William Carey, and it’s scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies (4-3) have been an offensive juggernaut at times on the field this season, and they’ll be looking to replicate the form that saw them hit the back of the net nine times over two matches last weekend. Chief among the goalscorers has been Mary Vernetti. The Snellville native scored three times last weekend, and she’s entering today’s encounter with six goals in just six matches played. However, GGC Head Coach Domenic Martelli will tell you the team is at its best when everyone is scoring, and that’s been the case for much of the season, as three other Grizzly players have scored multiple times on the year. As a team, the Green and Gray are averaging 2.67 goals per match.

“We had seven different players score the nine goals over the weekend, and I think that says a lot about this team,” Martelli said. “And now to have the opportunity to come out and try to play well against a team like Northwood is only going to make us better for the month of October, which will help make us better for the conference tournament in November.”

Northwood will be the third ranked opponent that the Grizzlies have played over the past month, and they enter as the highest-ranked after being tabbed No. 4 in the NAIA preseason poll. The Seahawks are currently 2-4-1 on the year, but that could be considered a little misleading as three of the four losses were to No. 6 Embry-Riddle, No. 7 Davenport and No. 9 William Carey. Northwood entered the weekend with back-to-back wins after beating Auburn-Montgomery and Cardinal Stritch, and they played  No. 17 Brenau on Saturday before making the trek to the Grizzly Soccer Complex today.

The match-up is slated to be the NSCAA TV Game of the Week, and it’ll be webcast across the country on NSCAATV.com. The broadcast regularly features some of the most successful programs in college, and this season it’s scheduled to features schools such as UCLA, Akron and Virginia.

GGC will also use this game as an opportunity to thank the sports medicine program at Gwinnett Medical Center, which has long been a supporter of the Grizzly athletic department. The sports medicine program has helped supply GGC’s student-athletes with first-rate athletic training and care over the course of their careers in the Green and Gray. GMC employees will receive free admission to the match with their badge, and those accompanying them will be able to purchase a ticket for just $3.

Kaitlyn Richards-Lynn is a senior at Duluth High School. She has been an active member of her school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past three years. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Student Body Vice President.

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