2011 Men's Soccer Team Notes (Nov. 1)

 Clayton State (9-7, 4-4) --  The Clayton State Lakers concluded the regular season on a much-needed winning note as they turned back USC Aiken 2-1 on Saturday. Earlier in the week on Wednesday, Clayton State dropped a 3-2 decision at home against Alabama-Huntsville... Senior midfielder Janny Rivera accounted for both Laker goals against USC Aiken - a penalty kick in the 49th minute and a free direct kick in the 75th minute... Jonathan Ray and Ryan Pugh both scored for Clayton State against Alabama-Huntsville, but the visiting Chargers spoiled the Lakers' Senior Night... Laker junior forward Kenny Mena is tied for third in the Peach Belt in both goals scored (eight) and points scored (20), while senior forward Matty Phillips is tied for second in assists with five... Clayton State head coach Pete Petersen is now 97-43-15 in his eighth season at the Laker helm... This is the 20th season of men's soccer at Clayton State, and the Lakers' all-time record is 202-147-29... Clayton State is seeded fifth in this week's Peach Belt Conference Tournament and will play at North Georgia on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Flagler (12-3-2, 6-1-1) --  Flagler played one match last week, at No. 21 (NAIA) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Neither team had much to gain with each team going into conference tournaments. Will Frandsen and Eammon Murphy led the way for Flagler with four shots taken. Camp Bissell earned his seventh shutout of the season after picking up a season-best nine saves. Flagler, the top seed in the PBC Tournament, hosts No. 8 seed USC Aiken in a quarterfinal round match at Saints Field Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Francis Marion (4-12-1, 2-5-1) -- FMU dropped its final two regular-season matches...After opening the year 1-9-0, the Patriots rallied to finish their season on a 3-3-1 run....Junior D Travis Bally scored his first goal of 2011 vs North Georgia....Sophomore F Alex Blandin leads FMU in scoring with nine goals and 1 assist, including 4 match-winners. He ranks second in the PBC in goals and 47th nationally. For his short career, he has 14 scores (6 match-winners).....Freshman GK Nick Lucido leads the PBC with 66 saves and is averaging 4.4 saves per match (58th nationally) and has three shutouts....Freshman F Igor Souza has 2 goals and 2 assists....Senior D Adrian Williams has played every minute this season....Senior MF Cameron Mabee leads FMU with three assists....FMU is 18-12-1 in its last 31 PBC matches... FMU has allowed only 32 scores in the first half during its past 53 matches....FMU’s 2011 roster includes 9 newcomers (5 of whom are in the starting line-up)....Over the past eight seasons, 32 of FMU’s last 75 losses have been by one goal....FMU faces Montevallo in the PBC Tournament first round. FMU is 11-18-2 all-time in tournament play with a pair of championships (1999 and 2008).
   Georgia Southwestern (3-11-2, 0-7-1) --   The end of the 2011 season was a sour one for the Hurricanes. The final week of the season only featured one game against Montevallo. GSW hosted the Falcons for Saturday's finale, but Montevallo crashed the "Senior Day" party. The Falcons scored early (Phil Jackson in the 9th minute) and often as GSW would drop the match 4-0 to Montevallo. Senior Shane McKay registered four shot (two on goal) in the defeat. It was the final game for seniors Dominic Davis, Shane McKay, Kevin Huet, Ethan Vick, Linley Laverdue and Michael Morgan.
  Lander (8-6-2, 5-2-1) --   Lander in its only game played last week, defeated UNC Pembroke, 1-0, in double-overtime in the regular-season finale for both teams. Zach Acree, who is third in the PBC in assists with five, scored the golden goal. In other PBC statistics, Brett Jankouskas and Chris Hobbs are tied for second in goals scored with nine, and are tied for fifth in points scored with 19. Matthew Osmond is also tied for second in assists with five.
Montevallo (10-3-4, 5-1-2) --  The Falcons had just one match last week as they defeated the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern 4-0 on the road. Four different athletes scored for the Falcons while three more provided the assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway ended the regular season with nine shutouts, a PBC leading 0.70 GAA and a .824 save percentage which also leads the conference. He ranks 12th in the NCAA in GAA and 20th in save percentage. Junior Shane Howard leads the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists while senior Phil Jackson is just one point behind with five goals and five assists. The Falcons secured the #2 seed in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and will host Francis Marion University in the First Round for the third-straight year.
North Georgia (9-6-1, 5-3) --  North Georgia continued its impressive run to the end of the season by knocking off Francis Marion on Saturday for their third straight win. The Saints defeated the host Patriots 3-1 and secured themselves the No. 4 seed in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and a home game in the first round. Manuel Hernandez scored two goals to lead North Georgia to their fifth conference win of the season. Gray Phelps also scored a goal and added an assist in the win. The Saints now look towards Clayton State at home on Tuesday night in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. The Lakers beat down the Saints earlier in the year 4-0 so North Georgia will be out for revenge, and this time it carries more significance.
  UNC Pembroke (10-4-2, 3-3-2) -- UNCP registered a 1-1 record last week to finish up the regular season … The Black and Gold captured the 1-0 victory over Francis Marion on Wednesday evening as newcomer Adam Smith registered the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute to deliver win for UNCP … On Saturday, visiting Lander used a double-overtime goal in the 103rd minute to seize the 1-0 victory over UNCP … The Braves finished the regular season as the No. 6 seed in the conference along with Sam Miles leading the PBC in goals (12), points (28) and shots (62) … UNCP is first in the nation in Division II in scoring offense and ninth in total goals … This is the seventh time in 20 years the Black and Gold has registered 10 or more wins in a season, and the first time in the Phil Hindson era … UNCP will turn around and face the No. 3 seed in the conference, the Bearcats, again when the squad travels to Greenwood, S.C., on Tuesday at the Jeff May Complex in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament … UNCP and Lander will meet for the 30th time on Tuesday in a series in a series controlled by the Bearcats … Lander will bring a 21-6-2 series advantage going into the game, as well as an eight-game unbeaten streak … Last season, the Braves and Bearcats battled in the opening round of the Tournament with Lander capturing the 4-1 victory.

USC Aiken (3-9-4, 1-5-2) --   The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s soccer team closed out its 2011 regular with an 0-1-1 record in its final week of action … USC Aiken opened the week with a 2-2 double overtime tie with St. Andrews at the “Pacer Pit” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 … The Pacers narrowly fell 2-1 to Clayton State in their final match of the regular season at the “Pacer Pit” on Saturday, Oct. 29 … USC Aiken is the eighth seed in the Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Championship and the Pacers will face off against league regular season champion Flagler in the opening round on Tuesday, Nov. 1 … The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. … The Pacers concluded the 2011 regular season with a 3-9-4 record … The Pacers were 1-5-2 in Peach Belt Conference action during the regular season.