Flagler Holds on Late, Take Down Saints 2-1
– The North Georgia men’s soccer team nearly fought
their way out of two-goal deficit Saturday afternoon, but Flagler
College held on to defeat the Saints 2-1 at the muddy Soccer
Complex in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints fall to 5-9 overall with the loss and 1-6 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Flagler College improves to 10-5-1 on the season and 5-1 in the league.
In what appeared to be a game headed to a scoreless halftime, Flagler rallied their troops and Killeen Conor scored the game’s first goal at the 44:19 mark, taking a pass from Greg Taafe and giving Flagler a 1-0 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Flagler would take a two-goal lead in the 62nd minute as Pol Berenguer scored his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Mack Hough, giving the visiting Saints all the offense they would need.
North Georgia would rally and make a game of it however, scoring in the 72nd minute as Ben Tayi sent a pass up the sideline that found Jeff Majors in stride. Majors slithered through the Flagler defense and sent a shot past Matt Gilman to pull North Georgia to within a goal at 2-1.
North Georgia had plenty of chances to tie the game down the stretch, but never managed the equalizer as Flagler held on for the one-goal victory. The physical conference matchup featured five yellow cards, while each team was also handed a red card.
Rade Tanaskovic suffered the loss for North Georgia, allowing both FC goals, while recording five saves in all 90 minutes of action. Gilman picked up the victory for Flagler, stopping five shots of his own, while allowing one goal.
North Georgia out-shot Flagler 13-11, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks, while the two teams combined for 30 total fouls.
North Georgia will play their final regular season game Saturday October 31, hosting UNC Pembroke at the Soccer Complex in Peach Belt Conference action.