October 6, 2011

Men's Soccer Set to Host Flagler College on Saturday

Contact: Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Saints' played well and bounced back this past Saturday with a non-conference win over Lincoln Memorial to push their record back over .500 at 5-4-1. The win did come with a loss however, as North Georgia lost their starting goalkeeper of the past few seasons in Rade Tanaskovic to an elbow injury. There is no timetable for Tanaskovic's return, so Kristopher Alonzo has found his opportunity.

North Georgia will now get back to conference action after a quick step out from PBC play. Flagler College comes to Dahlonega after recently knocking off a ranked Lynn University squad. They have dominated their Peach Belt opponents thus far into the season, with the exception of Lander.

Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM, vs. Flagler College, Dahlonega, GA

Flagler College Saints Body of Work

Current Record: 6-3-1 (3-1-1 PBC)
Conference Rank: 2nd
Conference Prediction in 2011: 2nd
Goal Differential in 2011: +14
Last Meeting vs. Saints: Flagler won 2-0 in PBC Tournament

Rade's Replacement – Kristopher Alonzo seems to be the answer to the injury suffered to the All-Conference performer. Alonzo replaced Tanaskovic in their last game against Lincoln Memorial after the injury. Alonzo was only tested once and saved the only shot he faced on goal. The sophomore will now have to step up and play at a high level if these Saints are going to make a good run at the Peach Belt championships.

Easy PBC – So far, Flagler has had their way with the Peach Belt schedule they've been given. Not counting the loss to Lander, who is still undefeated in conference, Flagler has outscored their PBC opponents 12-2. Now granted, the PBC opponents they have beaten have combined for one conference win so far this season. Flagler has challenged themselves out of conference though, having lost to the number one team in the country in Rollins and recently defeating then No. 25 Lynn.

Clayton Comeback – North Georgia did well to recover from a convincing loss at Clayton State last Wednesday by knocking off Lincoln Memorial in an essential road game over the weekend. The Saints started off 2-0 in conference play and have since fell to 2-2. Welcoming in Flagler will be a tough task to get back to the PBC winning ways, but if it's one thing we know, it's that the Saints play well at home and will give the visiting Saints all they can handle.

Home Cooking – Pat Parris and the Saints have to feel good about coming back home to play Flagler. After playing their last three games on the road, North Georgia will be back in Dahlonega where they have not lost yet this season. Flagler got the best of the North Georgia Saints twice last season, knocking them off in Florida, 1-0 in overtime in the regular season and taking them out 2-0 in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. Coach Parris hopes things are different this time around, and a Saturday night home game might just be the answer.

Manny Being Manny – The freshman scored another goal in Columbus to lead the Saints in goals with five. Manuel Hernandez has been the bright spot for Pat Parris on the offensive side of the pitch this season, leading the team in points. North Georgia will need Hernandez to find a way to get a goal for the Saints on Saturday to help them get past Flagler in a key conference matchup. Don't think the visiting Saints don't know about this young freshman though, he will most likely be marked.