August 29, 2008

Saints Drop Season Opener 2-1 at Mount Olive

Jose Herrera Scores Saints' Only Goal

Box Score

Mount Olive, NC - North Georgia College & State University jumped out to an early lead on a Jose Herrera goal, but the Saints were unable to hold off the Trojans as Mount Olive College came from behind to pick up a 2-1 victory Friday night at Amon Field in the Sleep Inn Classic.

North Georgia (0-1-0) opened the scoring in the seventh minute after Mount Olive was unable to clear the ball out of the back. Stan Soulen crossed the ball from the right sideline and Jose Herrera put the ball home from five yards out to give the Saints a 1-0 lead at 6:48.
 
The Trojans had several flurries in the North Georgia box midway through the half, but Saints goalkeeper Rade Tanaskovic smothered a loose ball in front of the goal deflected a cross to prevent a shot.
 
The Trojans evened the match at the 35:47 mark when Scott Mitchell kept the ball alive in the right corner and crossed into the box. Matt Wallin one-touched the ball to freshman Angelo Acquah, who scored from in front of the post for his first collegiate goal.
 
Mount Olive took its first lead of the match barely two minutes into the second half after a North Georgia foul in the box. Mitchell converted the penalty kick at the 47:04 mark.
 
The Trojans survived a pair of dangerous chances by North Georgia just seconds apart midway through the second half. Trojan goalkeeper Chris Slaughter made a save on Calvin Cook’s header from close range in the 68th minute. Less than a minute later, Herrera nearly scored his second goal off a cross to the far post, but his shot went just wide to the left.
 
Mount Olive outshot North Georgia 11-9. Slaughter had three saves for the Trojans, while Tanaskovic recorded four saves for the Saints.
 
The Sleep Inn Classic concludes Saturday with a pair of matches at Amon Field. St. Andrews takes on North Georgia at 5 p.m., followed by Mount Olive against Catawba at 7:30 p.m.