November 1, 2008

Herrera Sends the Saints Home for the Playoffs

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Americus, GA – North Georgia used three second-half goals to take down Georgia Southwestern 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Field in Peach Belt Conference action. With the victory, the Saints are set to host a playoff game Tuesday afternoon at the Soccer Complex.

North Georgia (7-10-1, 2-3-1) ends the regular season in fourth place in the Peach Belt Conference and are set to host a PBC Tournament game Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The Saints will play host to UNC Pembroke, a team they beat 2-1 in North Carolina earlier this season.

The Saints and Hurricanes battled to a scoreless intermission at Georgia Southwestern as both teams tallied three shots on goal, and both keepers made all three stops in the first half.

The Saints finally broke through midway through the second period as Jose Herrera scored off a rebound in the 65th minute to give North Georgia a 1-0 advantage. Avram Allen followed just five minutes later at the 69:36 mark, sending a shot past the Hurricane keeper to extend the Saints’ lead to a pair at 2-0.

Freshman Terry Gibbs added an insurance goal in the closing minutes, breaking free and sending a laser shot home from 18 yards out in the 86th minute, securing the road victory in the regular season finale.

Rade Tanaskovic continued his good work in goal, picking up his fifth shutout of the year as he stopped four shots by the Hurricanes.

North Georgia returns to action on Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, hosting UNC Pembroke at 3:30 p.m.

Peach Belt Conference Tournament First Round Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 4
#5 UNC Pembroke at #4 North Georgia 3:30
#7 USC Aiken at #2 Clayton State 7:00
#6 Georgia Southwestern at #3 Lander 7:00