November 5, 2013

Nighthawks Bow Out Of PBC Tournament With 4-0 Loss At #1 Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) - Ilija Ilic scored twice and added an assist as the No. 1-ranked Young Harris College men's soccer team shut out the University of North Georgia 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Tuesday evening at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer and Lacrosse Field.

Young Harris, which outshot the Nighthawks 34-4, finally broke through the Nighthawk defense when Niall McCabe scored his 11th goal at the 36:23 mark. McCabe's strike was set up by Kevin Sosa when he crossed the ball to Ilic, who passed it to McCabe and he flicked it with his back foot into the left corner of the net.

Just three minutes later an equalizer by the Nighthawks was called back following an offside call. 

The Mountain Lions doubled their lead just 75 seconds into the second half when McCabe served the ball in from the right side to Ilic who blasted the ball into the left corner of the frame past UNG goal keeper Kristopher Alonzo. Young Harris took a 3-0 lead at the 65:13 mark when Lewis Hilton sent a through ball down the left side to Alex Wyper, who finished with a shot that went in the upper left corner for his ninth goal. Ilic added an insurance goal with just over six minutes remaining off an assist from Khurram Shazad.

Pedro Ozi stopped two shots as he notched his PBC-leading eighth shutout while Alonzo, who stopped an Ilic penalty late kick in the second half, had 15 saves for the Nighthawks.

The top-seeded Mountain Lions, who were playing their first-ever home match under the lights in front of 600 people, won their 14th consecutive game as they improved to 16-1-0. North Georgia, the tournament's No. 8 seed, ended their campaign at 3-14-2. Young Harris will advance to Friday's semifinal at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., when they will face No. 4 seed Francis Marion University.