September 28, 2011

Clayton State Shows Strength, Shutout Saints 4-0

Contact: Joey Daniels,

MORROW, GA - North Georgia ran into a buzz saw that was Clayton State on Wednesday night, falling 4-0 in Peach Belt Conference action playing in their fourth league game of the season.

The Saints (4-4-1, 2-2 PBC) could not keep up with the 13th-ranked Clayton State Lakers as they were on the attack all night. The loss drops North Georgia to 2-2 in conference after starting 2-0. Scoring in the second minute, the Lakers would start the game on the accelerator and would never let up. Matty Phillips scored his third goal of the season and set the tone of the game from the very start.

Clayton State (7-2, 2-1 PBC) would add two more goals in the first half, coming back-to-back in the 26th and 27th minutes. A penalty kick goal by Janny Rivera in the 27th sent the Lakers into the half with a convincing 3-0 lead.

The Saints did not attempt a shot in the first half while Clayton finished with 10. North Georgia would pick up in the second half giving themselves some opportunities that weren't there in the first. They would not breakthrough however and were shutout for the third time this season.

Rade Tanaskovic kept busy all night finishing with five saves and allowing four goals. The loss drops Tanaskovic's record to .500 (4-4-1) on the year. The defense was without Zachry Samples, who was given a red card in the Saints' previous game at Montevallo.

The Saints will look to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses in conference on Saturday, when they travel to the campus of Columbus State to play Lincoln Memorial in non-conference action. Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM.