October 16, 2013

Men's Soccer Drops 2-1 Overtime PBC Thriller At Clayton State

MORROW, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's soccer team pushed Clayton State to the brink but came up just short in a 2-1 overtime road loss on Wednesday night.  Clayton State's Adam Halliday found the golden goal just 1:47 into overtime to secure the Lakers' eighth win of the season and snap the Nighthawks' two-match winning streak.   

North Georgia's Daniel Bowlt opened the scoring for the Nighthawks when he registered his fourth goal of the season at just over seven minutes into the game.  The tally was the sophomore's fourth consecutive contest with a goal.     

In the 23rd minute the Lakers' Jonny Evans fed Alhagi Toure who slipped the ball past UNG keeper Kristopher Alonzo in the lower left corner to equalize the score at 1-1.

Both teams' defenses would dig in after intermission with Alonzo and CSU keeper Nick Punter collecting all five shots on frame including three by Clayton State and a pair by UNG.

In overtime, North Georgia would produce the first scoring chance but a shot by James Dobbin just over a minute into the period would be gathered by Punter and just 0:47 later Halliday would put the golden goal game winner away with a left-footed volley from 25 yards out.

"Our boys played valiantly tonight and it took a special goal to beat us," stated head coach Patrice Parris. "We had a few opportunities to win and we need to develop that lesson and continue moving forward."

Clayton State held a 19-10 advantage in shots on goal but it was UNG that tallied seven shots on frame compared to the Lakers' six.  CSU held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks including taking all six of the game's corners in the first half.  

Alonzo finished the night with four saves while Punter collected six of the Nighthawk's on goal targets. 

North Georgia (3-11-0, 1-4-0) returns to the pitch on Saturday, October 19 when the Nighthawks host UNC-Pembroke in a conference tilt slated to start at 7:30 at the UNG Soccer Complex.