North Georgia Handles UNCP, Advance to Final Four
Dahlonega, GA – North Georgia hosted
their first PBC Tournament playoff game Tuesday afternoon, taking
down UNC Pembroke 1-0 in the first round of the Peach Belt
Conference Tournament. The Saints advance to the final four to play
top-seeded Francis Marion Friday evening.
North Georgia picked up their first home win of the season in the playoff victory, improving to 8-10-1 on the year, while UNC Pembroke ends their season at 9-9-1, and winning four of their last five contest.
The Saints battled the Braves to a scoreless halftime contest, as UNCP outshot North Georgia 3-1, and both teams attempted three corner kicks.
North Georgia would finally break the scoreless game in the 51st minute as Avram Allen took a deflection from Ben Chedgy and headed the ball just out of reach of Horatio Bynes, rolling into the goal for a 1-0 advantage.
UNC Pembroke put pressure on the Saints late with several opportunities, but goalkeeper Stephen Smith came up big in his season debut, recording a pair of saves to shutout the Braves and send North Georgia to Evans, Georgia, and final four of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Bynes made two saves in goal for UNC Pembroke in the one-goal defeat. The Braves attemped seven shots to just five for North Georgia.
North Georgia will kickoff the second session of the PBC Tournament Friday evening, playing top-seeded Francis Marion at 7:30 p.m. at Blanchard Woods Park.