October 6, 2010

Stegman's Golden Goal Stifles Erskine in Double OT

DUE WEST, SC – The North Georgia men's soccer team put an end to a two-game skid on Wednesday evening, traveling to Erskine College and scoring the game's only goal in double overtime to soar past the Flying Fleet at Huggins Field in non-conference action.

The Saints improve to 5-2-3 overall on the year and 1-1 in away games, while the Flying Fleet fall to 6-4 on the year, but drop their first home of the season in six attempts. North Georgia is still unbeaten in five double overtime games this season, moving to 2-0-3 in those games.

North Georgia had chances all game, dominating in every offensive category, but not breaking through until double overtime and a goal in the 104th minute by Ben Stegman sent the Saints to a 1-0 victory over Erskine College.

For Stegman, the freshman records his third goal of the season and his first game-winning goal of his collegiate career as the Saints escape with a win in the first of crucial back-to-back non-conference games to open the final month of the regular season.

Rade Tanaskovic was perfect in goal, picking his fourth shutout of the season as the junior recorded a save in the first half and two more in the second half before the defense clamped down on the Flying Fleet and did not allow a shot on goal in either extra period.

North Georgia held an 18-7 advantage in shots, while taking 13 corners to just four for Erskine. A pair of yellow cards were awarded to each team, while the Flying Fleet was whistled for 13 fouls to seven for the Saints.

The Saints return to action over the weekend, welcoming St. Andrews to town for a Saturday afternoon battle in non-conference action. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.