October 31, 2009

Braves and Saints Battle to Double Overtime Tie

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Saints to battle Flagler in opening Round of PBC Tournament

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men’s soccer team staged a second-half comeback Saturday to force a deadlock with UNC Pembroke as the two teams battled to a double-overtime 1-1 tie in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Saints move to 5-10-1 on the season and 1-6-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, while UNC Pembroke moves to 8-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the league.

North Georgia will travel to St. Augustine for the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament as the Saints will battle PBC Regular Season Champion Flagler for the right to advance to the "PBC Final Four" in Augusta next weekend. In a physical contest just a week ago that featured five yellow cards and a pair of ejections, Flagler emerged victorious, but North Georgia is looking to deny the new league member their first PBC Tournament victory, while the Saints will be looking to win their first round tournament game for the third straight season.

UNC Pembroke struck first in the 35th minute as Carlos Cipriano took a pass from Andy Pullin at the top of the box and sent a shot past North Georgia keeper Rade Tanaskovic to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, a score that held true until intermission.

The Saints finally tied the game in the 63rd minute as Ben Tayi struck for his first collegiate goal. The unassisted goal knotted the score at a goal apiece.

Both teams had numerous chances to break the tie at the end of regulation and in both overtimes, but North Georgia’s Tanaskovic and UNC Pembroke’s Horatio Bynes made a series of miraculous saves in goal down the stretch to preserve the 1-1 tie.