Seven-up for Okosieme for Lakers' women

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University tandem of Nkiru Okosieme and Olaitan Yusuf exploded for seven goals and four assists Sunday, as the Laker women's soccer team cruised to a 9-2 victory over the University of North Alabama at Laker Field.

Okosieme, a senior, finished the match with four goals and two assists, while Yusuf, a freshman, scored three goals and had two assists. Okosieme's 10 points in the match tied a school record set earlier this season when Yusuf scored five goals against the University of South Carolina Aiken. Yusuf's three goals give her a Peach Belt Conference leading 25 on the season.

With the win, the Lakers improve to 9-3-1 on the season, while North Alabama drops to 8-6-1 on the year. Clayton State will return to action on Saturday, traveling to face metro-Atlanta rival and defending NCAA Division II champion Kennesaw State University.

On Saturday, the Clayton State women beat Columbus State 2-1.

With 68 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Clayton College & State University freshman sensation Olaitan Yusuf scored a goal to lift the Laker women's soccer team to a 2-1 Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State University.

Yusuf picked up a loose ball and streaked ahead of the Columbus State defenders in overtime and slid a shot past a diving Columbus State keeper Megan Robey.

CCSU men fall to North Florida: The 10th-ranked Clayton College & State University men's soccer team dropped a heart breaker Saturday night, falling 1-0 to Peach Belt Conference opponent the University of North Florida 1-0 in double overtime in Jacksonville, Fla.

North Florida's Barclay Powers scored the game-winner off of a free kick, giving the Ospreys the win. Powers took advantage of a free kick that stemmed from a Clayton State red card, knocking a shot passed Clayton State keeper Heath Padgett.

North Florida finished with 20 shots and two corner kicks compared to 14 shots and three corner kicks for the Lakers. CCSU keeper Heath Padgett finished with five saves, while Brad Jones had eight.

The loss drops Clayton State to 9-2-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the league, while North Florida improves to 4-6-1 on the year and 2-2-1 in the league.

The Lakers return to action Wednesday, hosting Lees-McRae College in a 4 p.m. match.