From Staff Reports
The Clayton State University men's soccer team picked up a pivotal Peach Belt Conference victory Saturday, defeating 12th-ranked UNC Pembroke 3-1 on Homecoming at Laker Field.
The Lakers raced out to an early lead as senior captain Alex Dowling headed in a cross from sophomore Jarrid Nicholson in the upper right of the goal in sixth minute of the match.
After neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the first half, Clayton State headed in another goal early in the second half, giving the squad a 2-0 advantage. This time senior Victor Duncan headed in a shot, his team-leading sixth goal of the season, off a pass from junior Tonny Madegwa.
Clayton State added a little insurance in the 85th minute as senior Juan Trujillo scored off a deflected shot from junior Kevin Crooks. UNC Pembroke cut the deficit to 3-1 in the final two minutes of the match with a goal from Tuncay Dilek. His goal came off a CSU keeper Heath Padgett deflection off a shot from Trond Myrland.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 8-3-3 on the year and 3-0 in the Peach Belt, while UNC Pembroke drops to 8-3-3 on the year and 0-1-3 in the league. Clayton State will return action on Tuesday for another PBC match, traveling to face Lander in a match that was postponed earlier this year. UNCP plays at Queens on Tuesday.
Clayton State edged UNC Pembroke 14-13 on shots and had only two corners to the Braves' five. Padgett sparkled in goal for the Lakers, finishing with five saves, which included a stop on a penalty kick by UNCP's Jose Sanchez in the 70th minute of the match. Pembroke's Richard Sallin finished with three saves.
Sunbul scores game-winner against her former team as
Clayton State University's Yasemin Sunbul welcomed her old team to Georgia with a game-winning goal Saturday, as the Lakers defeated UNC Pembroke 3-0 on Homecoming at Laker Field.
Sunbul, a junior at Clayton State and a member of last year's UNC Pembroke team, scored in the second minute of the match, heading in a corner from sophomore Jennifer Winslett in the lower left of the goal in a pivotal Peach Belt Conference match for both clubs.
Clayton State added to its advantage in the 23rd minute as sophomore Jennifer Winslett scored on a corner kick that deflected off UNC keeper Hillary Helms hands and into the upper right of net.
The Lakers struck again a minute later on their ensuing possession, as junior Nkese corralled a loose ball, beat a defender and rifled a shot past Helms in the upper right of the goal from 17 yards out.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 9-2 on the season and 4-1in the Peach Belt, while UNC Pembroke drops to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the league. Clayton State will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to face Lander in a match that was postponed from earlier in the season.
Neither team scored over the final 60 minutes of the match. Clayton State finished with a decisive 19-8 shot advantage and an 11-8 edge on corner kicks. CSU senior keeper Judith Chime finished and UNCP's Helms each had five saves.