DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team came away with a critical Peach Belt Conference win Saturday afternoon as the Saints downed Francis Marion University 2-1 at the North Georgia Soccer Field.
With the win, the Saints' third-straight, North Georgia improves to 5-3 for the season and are now an even .500 (1-1) in conference action while the Patriots fall to 2-6 which includes an 0-3 record in the league.
Francis Marion was able to get the early advantage when Travis Baily scored in the 33rd minute off a deflected shot. The Patriots took the 1-0 lead into half time despite North Georgia holding the 19-7 advantage in shots and 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Out of the intermission, the Saints continued to pick up the pace, assaulting the Francis Marion goalkeeper with shot after shot and, eventually, James Dobbin broke through in the 53rd minute as he cleaned up Gustavo Cunha's deflected shot for the tying score.
Dobbin would then score the game-winner 14 minutes later as the FMU goalkeeper and another player collided, leaving the net wide open.
The Saints ended the 90-minute contest with 35 shot compared to the Patriots' 16. 11 were on-goal.
North Georgia will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a PBC soccer doubleheader against the University of Montevallo. The women will get things started with a 5:00 p.m. game before the men take the field at around 7:30 p.m.