Ilija Ilic scored twice as Young Harris College defeated Georgia Southwestern State University 4-0 in a Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer match Saturday afternoon at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer Field.
The Mountain Lions improved to 11-2-1 overall and to 3-1-1 in the Peach Belt, while the Hurricanes fell to 1-11-1 and 0-7-0. Young Harris returns to action Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. Senior Day match against No. 16 Lander University at Wilson Field.
Young Harris scored twice in a two-minute period in the opening minutes of the match to take a 2-0 lead. Andreas Pechmann crossed the ball to Mouhamed Bechir at the far post and he headed the ball in for his third goal of the season at the 4:26 mark. Ilic, who is second on the team with 10 goals, scored off a flick from Khurram Shazad at the 6:18 mark.
Ilic gave the Mountain Lions a 3-0 lead late in the first half. Pechmann served the ball into the ball and Shazad passed the ball to Ilic who sent the ball into the right corner of the goal. Young Harris added an insurance goal by Shazad at the 55:50 mark on a give-and-goal by Ilic. It was Shazad’s fourth goal of the season.
YOUNG HARRIS WOMEN 2, GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 0: Mika Lopes and Whitney Thomas each scored a goal as the Young Harris College women’s soccer team recorded a Peach Belt Conference shutout over Georgia Southwestern State University Saturday in Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions snapped their four-match losing streak as they improved to 6-6-0 overall and to 2-5-0 in the Peach Belt while the Hurricanes fell to 2-10-1 and 0-8-0. Young Harris returns to action Wednesday (Oct. 17) when they host Lander University in a PBC match at Wilson Field.
Senior Mika Lopes scored her fourth goal of the year at the 28:13 mark. Whitney Thomas passed the ball to Kimmie Tierney, who served the ball in from the right side to Lopes at the far post.
UNC-PEMBROKE WOMEN 3, NORTH GEORGIA 2: The North Georgia College & State University women’s soccer team’s three-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Saints dropped their Peach Belt Conference road match to the University of North Carolina Pembroke.
The Saints are now 10-3-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the PBC while UNC-Pembroke improves to 7-4-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference action.
The Braves scored the first two goals of the game in the first two and a half minutes as Rae-Shawna Campbell recorded a hat trick in the first half. Campbell scored first at the 1:35 mark and then found the net again at the 2:32 mark before North Georgia could find the back of the net.
Kayla Croom was able to put the Saints on the board in the 20th minute off an assist by Kelly Penston, but Campbell extended the Braves’ lead back out to two goals when she completed her hat trick in the 23rd minute.
UNC-PEMBROKE MEN 2, NORTH GEORGIA 1: The North Georgia College & State University men’s soccer team fell to the University of North Carolina Pembroke Saturday afternoon, seeing their streak of six-straight games with a positive result come to an end at the hand of the Braves.
With the loss, the Saints move to 6-4-2 overall with a 2-2-2 record in league action while the Braves are now 9-3-0 and 4-3 in the PBC.
Following the intermission, Amin El-Shami finally broke through to put the Saints on the board first as he dribbled past UNC-Pembroke defenders into the middle of the box where he delivered a shot into the net just 2:23 into the second period.
Young Harris finished in fifth place in the women’s 6K race with 127 points while the Mountain Lions came in sixth place in the men’s 8K event with 158 at the Viking Cross Country Open hosted by Berry College at the Clara Bowl Saturday in Mount Berry.
Alex Bitok finished in third place in the men’s event with a time of 26:37.43, while Young Harris teammate Cody Decker recorded a top-20 finish as he came in 17th with a time of 27:42.12.
Nicole Smith had the top finish for the Mountain Lions in the women’s meet as she came in seventh place with a time of 23:31.87. Ciara Wood placed 14th with a time of 23:53.18 while Holli Abernathy came in 23rd with an effort of 24:34.06.
The Mountain Lions close out their seasons next Saturday when they travel to Montevallo, Ala., to participate in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships.
Brenau won all three doubles matches and a singles match at the Duckworth Fall Classic on Saturday in Clemson, S.C.
Maria Perdomo and Eline Nagels won 8-3 for Brenau, Nazarova and Dominika Jasova won 8-6 and Stephenie Moniz and Vladica Djurdjevic won 8-2 in doubles.
Jasova also won 7-5, 6-4 in her singles match.
The last round of singles will begin today at 10 a.m.