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Geathers hits game-winner for 2-1 OT win

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The Clayton State Lakers soccer team extended its winning streak to four-straight games with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Limestone College Wednesday.

Jamal Geathers was the hero, scoring on a penalty kick in the second overtime to lift the Lakers to the victory.

"It's always nice to score the game winner," Geathers said. "We had a couple of key player step it up tonight. I got the goal, but it's a team win."

Geathers' game-winner was his 16th of the season and helped the 13th-ranked Lakers improve to 12-3-1. Limestone fell to 9-5-1.

The game was physical throughout the contest as Limestone was whistled for 21 fouls and Clayton State called for 17 fouls.

Wednesday's contest was also marred by seven yellow cards and an one red card.

Limestone's Liam Brown received a red card earning him an ejection early in the second half.

Earlier in the game, Brown scored the first points of the match when he took a pass from Myles Jackson to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.

Clayton State tied the game at 1-all early in the second half when Tony Madegwa scored on a pass from Marijan Babic.

The Lakers outshot Limestone 26-12 and won the battle of corner kicks 11-0.

The Lakers had a couple of key chances early, but Limestone goalkeeper Ryan Robinson made seven key saves.

"Their goal keeper is incredible," said Clayton State coach Pete Petersen.

"I salute them for that. They have great team spirit."

This was just the second meeting ever between the two teams. The Lakers now hold a 2-0 lead in the series.

Claayton State won the first meeting back in 1994 in a 3-0 shutout.

The Lakers close out the regular season with a homecoming game Saturday night against Frances Marion in a Peach Belt game.

"A win like this gives us confidence," Petersen said. "We won an emotional game at Lander on Saturday, and then were able to win tonight."

The Peach Belt Conference tournament runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.