PBC Men's Soccer Tournament - First Round Recaps
Braves Victorious Over Lander, Advances In PBC
GREENWOOD, S.C. – Transfer Sean Hoek scored the game winning goal in the 78th minute to snap an eight-game losing streak in the series with Lander, and push the UNCP men's soccer team to the semi-final round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Tuesday evening at the Jeff May Complex, 2-1.
Hoek registered both goals for the Braves (11-4-2) as he entered the second half with his focus on attacking the Bearcats' (8-7-2) goal. At the 59:26 mark, he tied the game up at one goal apiece and headed in his second goal of the game from the middle of the box.
The victory marks the first time since 2005 the Braves defeated Lander along with snapping a six-game losing streak in the conference tournament play for UNCP, giving the Braves their first win in the postseason since defeating USC Upstate in 2004 to become conference champions.
The Braves rushed the Lander goal in the early minutes of the first half but fell victim to a strategic Bearcat offense. Sophomore Brett Jankouskas started the momentum for the Bearcats in the fifth minute as he knocked in the first goal of the game. Jankouskas lined up for the free kick slightly in front of the box, but the ball ricocheted off the UNCP's defenders until he rebounded the block shot and sent the ball soaring through the center of the net.
UNCP strikers Hoek, Adam Smith and Sam Miles continued the push on Lander's goal as the Braves registered four shots at the half while Lander tallied three. The match proved to be an aggressive battle from the starting whistle as teams collected nine fouls along with a yellow card on Clement Dauchy with four seconds remaining in the first half.
Goalkeeper Ryan Hanson played tactical defense as he pushed a free kick by Jankouskas above the goal to keep the score tied with less than 30 minutes remaining in regulation play. Hanson grabbed five saves in his 90 minutes between the pipes, while Hoek tallied a game-high seven shots. Miles and Payne Clark collected assists on Hoek's two goals.
The Black and Gold outshot the Bearcats 13-9 as the teams combined for 18 fouls. Janakouskas led Lander with four shots while Matthew Atkinson collected five saves in goal.
"The win feels good especially after the loss on Saturday to Lander," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson. "The guys deserve the win because they played hard and fought for the victory."
The Braves head to Evans, Ga., to finish out the PBC Tournament as they face Montevallo (11-3-4) in the semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winners of both Friday contests will meet in Sunday's championship game at 3:30 p.m.
No. 19 Flagler advances to semis with 4-0 over USCA
ST. AUGUSTINE – After a scoreless first half, Eammon Murphy booted in a lofted pass from Johan Bergfeld in the 50th minute to help lead No. 19 (NSCAA Division II Top 25) Flagler College to a 4-0 win over USC Aiken in a Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal Match Tuesday night at Saints Field.
Flagler, the No. 1 seed, advances to the semifinals where it will take on the No. 5 seed Clayton State University on Friday (Nov. 4) at 7:30 p.m. Clayton State upset No. 4 seed North Georgia 1-0 tonight in Dahlonega, Ga.
Flagler extended its unbeaten streak to nine matches and improved its record to 13-3-2 overall. The Saints are a perfect 3-0 in PBC Tournament quarterfinals since joining the league in 2009. USC Aiken wraps up its season at 3-10-4 and were winless in its last six matches.
The Pacers lost forward Steven Campbell in the 58th minute when he was booked with his second yellow card and had to sit the rest of the match.
Pol Berenguer scored the insurance goal in the 75th minute after receiving a through ball from Zach Shanahan. Bergenguer broke in on the keeper and lobbed a shot over his head.
Mack Hough tacked on his team-leading 10th goal of the season in the 84th minute as he knocked in a saved shot.
Marco Padilla finished the scoring after collecting a loose ball at the top of the penalty box and beat the keeper to the lower left corner.
Camp Bissell recorded his eighth shutout of the season and tallied two saves. Robert Bolender played the first 81:43 and recorded three saves for the Pacers. Corey Pitts finished the game in goal for USC Aiken and saved one shot.
Flagler out-shot USC Aiken 21-7, including an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal. The Saints also held a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Pugh delivers as Clayton State men advance in Peach Belt Conference Tournament
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – November 1, 2011 – Throughout this 2011 men’s soccer season, Ryan Pugh has struggled offensively for the Clayton State Lakers. However, he delivered when the Lakers needed it the most on Tuesday.
Pugh scored the game-winner late in the second half as Clayton State prevailed in a 1-0 thriller at North Georgia in the first round of the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The victory improves Clayton State to 10-7 overall, and the Lakers will play either Flagler or USC Aiken in Friday’s 7 p.m. PBC semifinal in Augusta.
North Georgia’s season ends at 9-7-1.
Pugh came through for the Lakers in the 83rd minute when he took a right cross from senior forward Matty Phillips and scored on a header in front of the goal. It was the break the Lakers needed after constantly attacking North Georgia with 23 shots to only 10 for the Saints.
Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded the shutout with one save, while North Georgia goalkeeper Rade Tanaskovic recorded seven saves.
Falcons Soar Past Patriots in PBC Tournament, 2-0
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo men's soccer team (11-3-4) took control of possession early in its Peach Belt Conference Tournament First Round match against Francis Marion University (4-13-1) and never looked back as the Falcons won 2-0 while dominating possession and out-shooting the Patriots 22-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway (York, England/All Saints) picked up his 10th shutout of the season without having to make a save.
Despite the dominance of possession the Falcons found goals hard to come by as they were held scoreless in the first half. UM out-shot the Patriots 7-1 in the first period but came away empty.
Just under 22 minutes into the second half the Falcons persistence paid off as freshman Giuliano Frano (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marcellinus) used a perfectly placed pass to put junior Shane Howard (County Carlow, Ireland/Old Dominion University) behind the FMU defense. Howard delivered with a strike off the post and past the FMU keeper to give UM a 1-0 lead.
Just 13 minutes later Frano again used a perfect pace to put classmate Alex Morton (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) behind the FMU defense. Morton dribbled the ball to the middle of the box and beat the keeper to give UM a 2-0 lead.
Frano had a tremendous game using his speed to beat defenders and his passing skills to free up teammates. He led the team with nine shots including four on goal. Howard and junior Mike Rinzema (Brampton, Ontario/Humber College) each had three shots with one on goal.
UM out-shot the Patriots 15-1 in the second half.
The Falcons will now travel to Evans, Georgia for the PBC Tournament Semifinals where they will battle No. 6 seed UNC Pembroke who upset the No. 3 seed Lander 2-1 on the road. The Braves gave the Falcons a tough match in their only meeting this season as both teams scored one goal in a double-overtime tie.