DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team came within 43 seconds of captuing a 1-0 victory, but in the blink of an eye, the University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers changed all of that. The Pacers went on to post a 2-1 overtime victory at the North Georgia Soccer Field.
The loss drops the Saints to 7-6-2 for the year with a 3-4-2 record in the Peach Belt Conference while USC Aiken improves to 6-5-4 overall and 3-5-1 in the league.
North Georgia ends the regular season sixth in the conference standings and will travel to the No. 3 team in the conference, nationally-ranked Flagler College in the first round of the 2012 PBC Touranment. The game will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
The two teams were very much evenly matched for much of the game, with Manuel Hernandez giving North Georgia a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute as he cleaned up senior Gustavo Cunha's earlier shot attempt which ricocheted off the cross bar.
From there, the Saints continued to hold the Pacers' in check, but with just 43 secons left in regulation, USC Aiken's Mark Hanion connected with Jason King to tie the game up at one-all and send the game into overtime.
Just three minutes into the first overtime period, Noel Mais found the golden goal off an assist from Hanion, giving USC Aiken the road victory.
The Pacers barely out-shot the Saints 14-13 and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Kristopher Alonzo made three saves, matching USC Aiken's Brandon Jarosz in the category.