September 21, 2013

Men's Soccer Falls 2-0 At Young Harris In Peach Belt Opener

YOUNG HARRIS, Georgia – ( – The University of North Georgia men's soccer team opened up Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday with a 2-0 loss at Young Harris.  The host Mountain Lions tallied a pair of first-half goals en route to their fourth victory of the season.

"Despite the outcome, for us it was a step forward," stated head coach Patrice Parris.  "We had some young players provide a spark for us and our improvement continues."

Alex Wyper opened the scoring for YHC in the game's 12th minute when Illilja Ilic served him in front of the UNG following a cross from Lewis Hilton.  The game-winner was Wyper's first through the first five matches of the season.

Young Harris would tack on an insurance goal at the 34:34 mark when Ilic scored an unassisted goal off a direct kick from the top of the box. 

North Georgia was outshot 21-8 on the afternoon including 8-4 in shots on target.  UNG's Kris Alonzo took the loss despite refusing six YHC shots.  Pedro Ozi earned the victory in goal for the Mountain Lions after collecting all four of the Nighthawks' shots. 

"For the most part, we were in the game against a very good Young Harris team."  YHC (4-1, 1-0) is ranked fifth in the latest NSCAA Southeast regional poll. 

North Georgia falls to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in PBC play.  The loss is the Nighthawks' sixth consecutive after a season-opening overtime road win at Barry (Fla.) University.

North Georgia returns to action on September 25 when the Nighthawks host Lees-McRae College in non-conference action at the UNG Soccer Complex with game time set for 4:00 PM.