September 2, 2009

Saints Drop Erskine College 2-1 With Late Goal

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s soccer team used a goal by true freshman Mikki Bozickovic in the 75th minute Wednesday evening to defeat Erskine College 2-1 at the Soccer Complex in non-conference action.

With the scored tied 1-1 late in the second period, Bozickovic entered the game and immediately emerged from a crowd less then 30 seconds after checking in and sent a shot over the head of Erskine goalkeeper Devon Braykovich to give North Georgia the winning goal. The goal by the freshman marked his first collegiate score.

Chris Griffith tallied the first goal of the game, as Kevin Wish sent a pass to Jeff Majors who crossed the ball to Griffith in the box. Griffith then sent a laser that found the back of the net to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.

The score would not be tied for long however as Erskine’s Alex Connally took a pass from Brady Johnson less then three minutes later and coaxed a shot by Saints’ keeper Rade Tanaskovic to knot the score at a goal apiece. The game would then go scoreless for nearly 40 minutes until Bozickovic broke the tie in the 75 minute with the game-winner.

The Saints pick up their first victory of the season, improving to 1-1 overall, while Erskine remains winless and falls to 0-2-1 on the year.

Braykovich recorded nine saves in goal for the Flying Fleet, allowing two goals in all 90 minutes of action, while Tanaskovic saw just one shot on goal all night as the Saints’ defense shut down the Erskine attack.

North Georgia outshot Erskine 16-4 in the game, tallying eight shots in each period, while the Flying Fleet managed just a pair of shots in each half. The Saints also had the edge in corner kicks at 9-5, while fouls were even at 14 apiece.

North Georgia will have Thursday off before returning to action on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., hosting Nova Southeastern as the Saints will look to stay perfect at home. Erskine will stay on the road for their next contest, traveling to Brevard College on September 8, at 4:00 p.m.