Patriots Score Early, Hold On for PBC Victory
– North Georgia College & State University allowed a
first half goal before falling 1-0 at Francis Marion University
Saturday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.
Francis Marion ups its overall mark to 8-3-3, improves to 3-1-2 in the PBC, and is 9-1-1 in its last 11 home contests. North Georgia drops to 5-6-0 and 1-3-0.
Richeson recorded five saves en route to his sixth shutout of the year and 12th of his three-year career. His scoreless streak in goal now stands at 387:18, and the team’s scoreless streak surpassed 400 minutes.
After a quick shot by North Georgia’s Chris Griffith that was stopped by Richeson in the opening minute, Francis Marion controlled play for the next 30 minutes. The Patriots tallied four shots and two corner kicks in the opening 8:23.
Ramjohn’s goal, his first of 2009, began when Clinton won the ball in the midfield and fed it to Justin Kibler on the right side. Kibler quickly crossed the ball to Ramjohn in the middle of the box and his 15-yard shot was true at the 33:09 mark.
The Saints’ Calvin Cook hit a blast from 28 yards out that went just over the crossbar in the 31st minute. North Georgia’s best opportunity to tie the score in the second stanza came in the 88th minute when Griffith received the ball in the middle of the box 10 yards out, but his one-touch chip shot was deflected by Richeson. The Saints were unable to mount a serious threat on the ensuing corner kick.
Francis Marion outshot the Saints 10-8 and led 8-3 in corner kicks.
North Georgia sophomore goalkeeper Rade Tanaskovic registered three saves.
North Georgia returns to action on Monday afternoon, hosting Lander University at 4:00 p.m. in another Peach Belt Conference matchup.