October 5, 2013

Men's Soccer Falls On The Road 2-0 At Francis Marion

FLORENCE, South Carolina - (UNGAthletics.com) – Francis Marion University defense limited the University of North Georgia to only five shots as the host Patriots claimed a 2-0 Peach Belt Conference win Saturday night in men's soccer action.

Joergen Tesdal put FMU on the board in the 19th minute as he poked home a loose rebound from seven yards out.  Sophomore midfielder Sven Ricke began the sequence as he danced through the Nighthawk defense and fired a shot that North Georgia goalkeeper Kris Alonzo blocked, but could not contain.  The ball deflected to Tesdal, who was all alone in the left side of the box.

Alonzo turned away yet another FMU attempt to double the score in the 41st minute with a diving save on a 17-yard blast off the foot of senior Cody Farrier.

Early in the second stanza with the margin still one goal, North Georgia's Zach Tibbs headed the ball ahead to James Dobbin, but his shot from inside the 18-yard box was pushed aside by FMU freshman goalkeeper Nick Stover for a Nighthawk corner kick.  Stover later stopped a free kick by Irving Salgado in the 62nd minute.

Francis Marion (5-1-2, 3-1-0 PBC) was finally able to double its advantage in the 78th minute when an Alex Blandin launched a 27-yard blast from slightly left of middle of the field. 

Stover finished the evening with two saves, while Alonzo posted four stops.

"Our boys played well and showed a lot of character tonight and our young team is continuing to grow up," stated UNG head coach Patrice Paris.

FMU outshot North Georgia 15-5, while both teams earned two corner kicks.

North Georgia (1-9-0, 0-2-0 PBC) returns to action on Wednesday, Octobrer 9th with an 8:30 PM Peach Belt contest at Montevallo.