September 20, 2011

Saints Blow Past Chargers 6-2, Set Team Records

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DAHLONEGA, GA- The North Georgia men's soccer team followed up a three-goal performance on Saturday with six more to blowout Alabama-Huntsville, 6-2, in a non-conference match played Tuesday evening.

The Saints (4-2-1) simply could not be stopped in any way by Alabama-Huntsville (4-3).  North Georgia scored three goals in each half, running by the overwhelmed Chargers on their way to setting multiple school records.

Manuel Hernandez would start the rout in the 5th minute when he finished a header on a beautiful cross-in by Jesy Phelps. Phelps would be at it again in the 7th minute on an almost identical cross, this time the finish was made by Jamie Gleeson. Gleeson started in only his second game of the season, but made the most of his appearance giving Huntsville all they could handle and consistently on the attack.

Phelps decided he was going to score one of his own in the 22nd minute, pinning a strike from about 30 yards in the upper-90. Bending the ball in with his left, Phelps drilled his second goal of the season by the Huntsville keeper. The Chargers would add two goals late in the half to cut the lead to just one heading into halftime. Ragnar Gunnarsson scored both for the visitors, scoring on a free kick and a penalty.

The second half would arrive, but Huntsville would not. The Chargers would give up three more in the second half to allow their highest total since 2006, when they gave up seven to Rollins College.

Malte Krapp scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute when he received the deflection off a defender from a nice cross from Hernandez.

The goals would keep on coming.

Gray Phelps scored the fifth goal for the Saints coming in the 79th minute when he received an unselfish pass from Juan Hurtado. Hurtado was all over the pitch on Tuesday, distributing and developing plays for his team all afternoon.

Hernandez would score his second goal of the day and the final goal of the game in the 85th minute. Receiving a pretty pass from Phelps (Gray), Hernandez squeaked one by Kel Markert, who allowed a whopping six goals on the afternoon.

Markert's defense did not give him much help at all. The Saints would end up finishing with 22 shots in the game, their highest total so far this season. UAH would finish with just 10.

Rade Tanaskovic recorded his fourth victory of the season quite easily, finishing with three saves. Tanaskovic was pretty much a spectator come the second half, not being threatened at all.

The defense proved to be strong once again for North Georgia. Zachry Samples, Ben Tayi and Payne Wright would bend in the first half but not break. The Chargers had essentially no chance in the second half.

The blowout victory for the Saints would show to be the most goals the Saints have scored in Pat Parris' career; this coming right after the Saints started 2-0 in the Peach Belt on Saturday, also the first time in his career.

The record book would be touched in the dominating win for North Georgia.  The following are accomplishments achieved by the Saints on Tuesday evening:
   -Manuel Hernandez tied the school record for points in a game (5) and also with goals in a game (2).
   -Jesy Phelps tied the record for most assists in a game (2).
   -The Saints finished with five assists total in the game, good enough for second all-time.
   -The six goals is the most North Georgia has scored since October 5, 2005.

North Georgia will now prepare for the University of Montevallo (3-2-1) on Saturday. The Saints will have to go on the road to earn their third conference victory in as many games. The kickoff is set for 8:30 PM. The Saints have not defeated Montevallo (0-5-1 all-time) in the six games they have met over the past few years, another potential achievement for Pat Parris and his squad.