October 31, 2010

Saints Hoping to Get Postseason Magic Back in 2010

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference office released the schedule for the opening round of games for the 2010 Men's Soccer Tournament after the regular season concluded on Saturday and North Georgia is set for another showdown at Flagler College.

The matchup, in what is another chapter in the battle of the Saints, will feature Flagler and North Georgia who tangled in last year's opening round in a 1-0 overtime thriller for Flagler. Kickoff in the opening round contest is set for Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Augustine, Florida.

Earlier this season, it was much of the same as a scoreless game went to overtime, but Flagler's Will Frandsen scored a golden goal in the 97th to send North Georgia packing.

Low scoring matches have been all these two teams have known as Flagler leads the all-time series 3-0 against North Georgia, including a 4-1 edge in goals.

North Georgia is 8-14 all-time in the postseason and has a 3-5 record in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The Saints have won their opening round game three of the last five years, but have never won back-to-back games in the conference tournament.

The Saints have played nine overtime games this season, more than any other team in the league, sporting a record of 3-2-4 in those games. Two of the overtime games have been decided in the first overtime, while three have had decisions in the second extra period, and four have gone the distance without a winner.

In other first round action on Tuesday, #8 USC Aiken will travel to #1 Clayton State, #7 UNC Pembroke will make their way to #2 Lander, and #5 Francis Marion heads to #4 Montevallo.

The top eight teams in the conference standings advance to postseason play with the four winning teams from Tuesday's contests advancing to the semifinals and finals Friday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 7, at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., as part of the PBC Fall Festival.

The Flagler Sports Information department will provide live video and live in-game statistics of the contest as the two teams meet for the fourth time in school history.