October 8, 2011

Saints Fall to Flagler 1-0, Drop Third Straight Conference Match

Contact Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's soccer team dropped their third straight Peach Belt Conference game, falling 1-0 to Flagler at the North Georgia Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

Flagler (7-3-1, 4-1-1 PBC) and North Georgia (5-5-1, 2-3 PBC) swapped scoring opportunities early in the first half before Johan Bergfeld took a cross that was sent in from Pol Berenguer and buried it to give Flagler the 1-0 lead coming in the 19th minute. Bergfeld found the bouncing ball and fired a shot inside the left post past North Georgia goalkeeper Kirstopher Alonzo.

After getting on the board, Flagler controlled the pace of play for the remainder of the first half. North Gerogia's lone scoring opportunity in the first half came when freshman Malte Krapp fired a bicycle-kick just wide of the right post, narrowly making the play of the year for the Saints.

Flagler began the second half just as they ended the first, on the offensive, as Will Franden had several scoring chances including a header that hit the post. However, midway through the half, North Georgia seized back the momentum when James Dobbin fired a shot that was turned away by Flagler goalkeeper Camp Bissell.

In the waning moments, North Georgia kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as they tried furiously to send the game into overtime. With under two minutes left to play, Juan Hurtado attempted a free kick from just outside the box, but his shot soared well over the post, missing a key opportunity to score the equalizer.

In his first start of the year, Alonzo was tested early and often, recording all three of his saves in the first half. Bissell continued his stellar play for Flagler, making two saves and recording his fourth shutout of the year.

Both teams were given two corners and Flagler outshot North Georgia 14-11.

After a promising 2-0 start in conference play, North Georgia has dropped their last three conference games, while getting outscored 7-1, sending their record to 2-3 in Peach Belt action.

North Georgia returns to the pitch on Wednesday, October 12,  when they host Young Harris in a non-conference tilt with the kickoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.