DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team knew going into Tuesday's game with Lenoir-Rhyne that they would need to control the ball as much as possible and overwhlem the Bears' stout defense. The Saints achieved their goal and downed the Bears 1-0 during their "Military Appreciation Night" and "9-11 Observance" at the North Georgia Soccer Field.
The win improves North Georgia's record to 2-2 while Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 1-2-1.
Lenoir-Rhyne presented a tough defense that was able to fned off 20 of the Saints' 21 shots, but that did not slow down the Saints as they out-shot the Bears 21-8. North Georgia also held the advantage in corner kicks 11-0.
As the two played to a 0-0 draw well into the second half, North Georgia goalkeeper Kristopher Alonzo punted the ball clear across the field in the 78th minute and the attack was on. James Dobbin was waiting just outside the box and gave a quick head flick to Manuel Hernandez who put the ball into the left side of the net to put North Georgia ahead.
The Bears were unable to find much in the way of offense from there as the Saints continued their relentless attack and continued to disrupt the Bears' offense.
The North Georgia men will next play at home on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they open their Peach Belt Conference schedule as part of a soccer doubleheader with Young Harris College. The women will start things off at 5:00 p.m.with the men will kicking off at around 7:30 p.m.
The Saints are inviting youth soccer players from around the area to attend both of Saturday's matches. Any youth soccer player who wears his or her jersey to the pair of games will be admitted free of charge.