PBC Men's Soccer Daily Update - Oct. 26
Braves Clip Lone Goal For 1-0 Victory Over
FLORENCE, S.C. – Newcomer Adam Smith registered the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute to deliver the 1-0 shutout victory over Peach Belt Conference opponent Francis Marion on Wednesday afternoon at FMU Soccer Complex in Florence, S.C.
Smith registered his fourth goal of the season to put the Braves (10-3-2, 3-2-2 PBC) on the scoreboard as he gathered the ball at the top of the box and shot into the upper left corner of the net past a diving keeper.
The squads were scoreless at halftime but the Braves' offense proved to be in motion as the team posted six shots while the defense held the Patriots (4-11-1, 2-4-1) to only one shot. At the final buzzer, UNCP finished with 10 shots, while Francis Marion tallied only four shots.
Smith and Sam Miles led the team with two shots apiece, while Adrian Williams posted two shots for Francis Marion.
UNCP goalkeeper Ryan Hanson spent all 90 minutes in goal and totaled two saves, while the team collected one for the seventh shoutout of the season. Francis Marion netminder Nick Lucido grabbed two saves in his time between the posts.
The Black and Gold struggled with 11 offside calls as both teams tallied a combined 14 fouls.
Pacers Tie St. Andrews on Wednesday Evening
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s soccer team acquired its fourth tie of the 2011 season in a 2-2 tie with St. Andrews at the “Pacer Pit” on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The match was USC Aiken’s final non-conference match of the 2011 regular season.
USC Aiken (3-8-4) controlled things statistically in the match, ending the match with a 23-13 shot advantage.
The match featured 26 corner kicks between the two teams with USC Aiken taking 15 of the 26 corner kicks.
St. Andrews (3-12-1) scored the first goal of the game in the third-minute when Nowell Worley headed in a Patrick Stewart corner kick for a very early 1-0 advantage.
The Pacers would even things just before intermission. Chinedu Arinze (Stone Mountain, Ga./Georgia State) scored the tying goal for the Pacers.
Arinze placed himself in position for the goal when he blasted the ball just outside the 18-yard box off a St. Andrews defender. The ball landed just inside the box and opportunistically Arinze was able to claim the ball with nobody in front of him but St. Andrews goalkeeper Corey Francis. Arinze took his opportunity, blasting the ball into the back of the net at the 41:46 mark.
USC Aiken would take a 2-1 lead in the match just over 11 minutes in the second half when Carson Villa (Savannah, Ga./Benedictine) kicked in a loose ball off a Troy Watson (Kingston, Jamaica/Montreat) shot.
The Pacers looked to be heading towards the win in regulation, but St. Andrews’ Michael Mutebi hit in a loose ball in the Pacer six-yard box to tie the game at 2-2 in the 80th-minute.
USC Aiken had the best opportunity in the two 10-minute overtime periods on a Scott Newby (Leicestershire, United Kingdom/Wreake Valley) breakaway, but Francis was in the right position to save the shot to preserve the tie.
Francis saved 10 Pacer shots overall in the match.
The Pacers utilized the services of two netminders in the contest with Robert Bolender (Kennesaw, Ga./Reinhardt) playing the first half. Joshua Poissant (Windsor Locks, Conn./Windsor Locks) played the final 65 minutes of the match. The two combined to make three saves.
The Pacers will next close their regular season at home against Clayton State at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The match will serve as Senior Day for the Pacers.
Clayton State men come up short in 3-2 defeat against Alabama-Huntsville
MORROW, Ga. – October 26, 2011 – The breaks have not been in the Clayton State Laker men’s soccer team’s favor over the last couple of weeks, and that trend continued on Wednesday night.
The Lakers again could not capitalize on key scoring opportunities and came up short in a 3-2 defeat against visiting Alabama-Huntsville at Laker Field. The defeat dropped the Lakers to 8-7 overall, and it spoiled the final home game at Laker Field for nine Clayton State seniors. Alabama-Huntsville, meanwhile, improved to 10-4 overall.
The Lakers cashed in on an early opportunity as senior Jonathan Ray scored his third goal of the season on a header off a left cross from fellow senior Matty Phillips in the fourth minute. Clayton State held the 1-0 lead until the 32nd minute when the Chargers got the equalizer on a goal by Felix Hjalmarsson off a left cross by Mitchell Wilson.
Clayton State was continually thwarted by some big saves by Alabama-Huntsville goalkeeper Kel Markert in the second half. He recorded five saves on what appeared to be sure goals by the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Chargers capitalized twice as Kyle Simmons scored twice.
The first was in the 63rd minute when Simmons scored down the left wing off an assist by Oscar Leon. 14 minutes later, Simmons struck again when he took the ball down the right wing for the goal and a 3-1 Alabama-Huntsville.
Clayton State finally broke through in the 87th minute when senior Ryan Pugh scored from the top of the penalty box off an assist by Kenny Mena. The Lakers out-shot Alabama-Huntsville 21-14.
Clayton State concludes the regular season on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference matchup at USC Aiken.