DAHLONEGA, Ga. – It was one of the longest games of the year for the North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team as the Saints played to a 0-0 tie with the Clayton State University Lakers in a Peach Belt Conference game that lasted just over two and a half hours Wednesday night at the North Georgia Soccer Field.
The tie is the second of the season for the Saints who are now 6-3-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the league while the Lakers are now 4-6-1 and 0-4-1 in PBC action.
Entering Wednesday night's game the Lakers held a 12-0-1 record against over the Saints giving North Georgia motivation to find the positive result, but neither team could find the back of the net despite several close calls.
The two teams were closely matched in the first half in regards to shots with Clayton State holding a slight 9-8 advantage in the category. The two programs ended the contest even in shots at 24 each.
North Georgia's Kristopher Alonzo made eight saves in the game including several diving jabs at the ball while Sean Merfeld made nine saves of his own.
The game between the in-state rivals proved to be a litle chippy as the two teams were whistled for 36 total fouls.
North Georgia's next contest will be Saturday, Oct. 13 on the road. The Saints will travel to Pembroke, N.C. to challenge the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke as part of a PBC soccer doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. with a women's match before the men hit the pitch at around 3:30 p.m.