November 2, 2007

North Georgia falls 1-0 to Clayton State in final minutes

Saints end season one win shy of PBC championship game

MORROW, Ga – North Georgia College & State University went head-to-head with the Peach Belt Conference regular season champion in Clayton State and fell 1-0 in a semi-final matchup here Friday evening.

Both teams went toe-to-toe the whole game in a defensive stalemate. However, Clayton State broke through in the waning moments when Hailab Habtom fed Madegwa in the left side of the penalty box. The senior forward then flicked the game-winner past North Georgia goalkeeper Brandon Kirksey.

The Lakers and Saints were stellar on the defensive side. Clayton State recorded its ninth shutout of the season, limiting the Saints to only eight total shots, including only two shots on goal.

Clayton State goalkeeper Billy Hale recorded the shutout with two saves, while Kirksey recorded five saves for North Georgia (8-10-1).