Lander Races Out Of The Gate To Blitz Nighthawks 3-1 In PBC Men's Soccer Action
DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's soccer team dropped the final home game of the season 3-1 to visiting Lander University in Peach Belt Conference action. Lander scored all three goals in the first half and never looked back dropping the Nighthawks to 3-12-2 overall and 1-5-2 in league play.
The Bearcats got on the board just over two minutes into the match when leading scorer Clement Dauchy found the back of the net from seventeen yards out with a deft flick shot over the head of UNG keeper Kristopher Alonzo. The assist was credited to Kevin Durand.
Lander would go on to add another goal ten minutes later at the 12:07 mark, when Robert Seaton would use a Dauchy assist to extend the lead to 2-0. However, at the 34:24 mark, Dauchy would give the Bearcats an insurance goal of his own when he snuck his shot inside the top left post after another Durand helper.
Lander 9-4-1 (7-2-1 PBC) came into the match losers of their last three games after being ranked as high as #3 nationally earlier in the season.
Alonzo would keep the Bearcats off the board in the second half as he finished the game with a total of four saves.
The Nighthawks responded after the half with a goal of their own from senior defender Ben Tayi, his first goal on the season. The goal came after the defender beat the keeper after a through ball from fellow senior Tyler Daly. However, this would be all the offense that UNG would be able to muster despite amassing six shots and two corners in the final period of action.
Despite the loss, the Nighthawks qualified for next week's Peach Belt Tournament quarterfinals by virtue of a 2-1 USC Aiken loss at UNC Pembroke. UNG will enter the eight-team event as the #8 seed.
UNG will return to action on November 2nd when the Nighthawks when travel to USC Aiken for the last match of the regular season. The PBC matchup is set to kick off at 7:30 PM.
Story By: Chris Natsch, UNG Athletic Communications Student Assistant