The University of South Carolina-Aiken advanced past Young Harris College 5-4 in a sudden-death shootout win in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer tournament on Friday at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.
The Pacers (6-5-6), who are the first-ever eighth seed to advance to the title match at 3:30 p.m. today, will face the University of Montevallo, which defeated Flagler College 2-0 in the other semifinal contest, in the championship match.
The Mountain Lions (14-4-2) have concluded the season. The two teams were forced to penalty kicks when they were tied at 2-2 through regulation time and two overtime periods, and both made two of their first five penalty kicks. USC Aiken’s Jason King converted his sudden-death penalty kick and Pacer goalkeeper Brandon Jarosz saved the Young Harris chance to secure the win.
Andreas Pechmann, William Schonfeldt, Niall McCabe and Ilija Ilic were all successful on their penalty kicks for the Mountain Lions.
The North Georgia College & State University women’s cross country team wrapped up their 2012 campaign Saturday morning at the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships hosted by Wingate University at McAlpine Creek Park. The Saints had a very strong showing, coming home 13th out of 27 competing teams in the 6,000-meter race.
Peach Belt Conference schools swept the top three team positions and also took six of the top-10 led by Columbus State University with 87 points. The Cougars took home the team crown by 12 points over second-place Clayton State University and 18 points over third-place the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.
Led by three players in double figures, the University of Georgia defeated Young Harris College 86-52 in a college men’s basketball exhibition game Friday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 16 points while Ken Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic each contributed 11.
Malcolm Jackson led the Mountain Lions with 16 points followed by Bryson Robertson with 13 and Vince Martin adding 11.
Young Harris will return to action at 9 p.m. Nov. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in another exhibition game.