November 7, 2008

North Georgia Upended by Francis Marion

EVANS, GA – North Georgia saw their season come to an end Friday evening, falling to top-seeded Francis Marion University 2-0 in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at Blanchard Woods Park.

The win gives FMU their eighth in a row and extends their unbeaten streak to 13 matches, while North Georgia falls to 8-11-1 on the season and come up short from their first-ever finals appearance.

The Patriots did not waste time getting on the scoreboard as Juan Rivas flicked a shot past NGCSU keeper Rade Tanaskovic just 1:19 into the game.

FMU struck again later in the first half as Clinton took it upon himself to finish off a play, cleaning up a loose ball following a deflection and blasting it in from 20 yards out for his eighth score of the year.

Back on their heels, the Saints charged forward and had good scoring opportunities in the first half, but could not find the net. North Georgia outshot FMU 5-4 in the first 45 minutes.

The second half was a defensive struggle. The Saints replaced Tanaskovic in goal with Stephen Smith, who kept FMU from scoring again despite facing a barrage of shots. The Patriots took 13 shots in the second half alone, but only two of those were on goal.

North Georgia did not get a second-half surge the way they managed in the first half, taking six shots in the final 45 minutes.

The Saints end their season the way they did a year ago, falling in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.