Clayton State soccer teams split at Lander

From Staff Reports

With a possible Peach Belt Conference regular season championship at stake, the Clayton State Laker men's soccer team could not cash in on key opportunities on Saturday, dropping a tough 1-0 decision at rival Lander.

The defeat concludes Clayton State's regular season at 10-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the PBC, and it ends the Lakers' seven-game unbeaten streak. Clayton State finishes third overall in the PBC and will play host to a PBC Tournament quarterfinal game against sixth-seeded UNC-Pembroke on Tuesday night.

The only scoring in the game occurred early in the fifth minute. Lander's Jamie Ramm scored on a header in the penalty box off a long throw-in by Craig Hughes.

However, Clayton State clearly controlled possession throughout the game, limiting the Bearcats (10-5-1, 6-1-1 PBC) to only seven shots the entire time. Meanwhile, the Lakers had 13 shots, but could not convert the scoring opportunities.

The Lakers had a chance to tie in the 41st minute when forward Leighton Fredericks had a point-blank opportunity off a corner kick. But Bearcat goalkeeper Matthew Atkinson made a diving say.

Atkinson later had two key saves on a possible Clayton State scoring sequence in the second half.

Clayton State goalkeeper David Cristofoli recorded three saves and allowed only his second goal in the Lakers' last eight games. Atkinson recorded five saves for Lander.

Lady Lakers fall to Lander: October 31, 2009 – Aiming to lock down a Peach Belt Conference Tournament berth, the Clayton State Laker women's soccer team dropped its regular season finale on Saturday with a 4-0 defeat at Lander.

The defeat drops the Lakers to 4-10-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The defeat, coupled with UNC Pembroke's victory at North Georgia and Montevallo's tie at Georgia College, eliminates Clayton State from the upcoming Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Lander (10-3-2, 6-3-1 PBC) scored two goals in each half, despite being out-shot by Clayton State for the game 14-10.

The Bearcats scored their first two in less than a minute apart in the first half.

Jessica Skowron scored on a lob shot that inside the penalty box that landed just out of the reach of Clayton State goalkeeper Dominique Trappio in the 20th minute. A minute later, the Bearcats struck again as Christina Barbour scored in front of the goal off an incoming pass by Jamie Shaw.

Lander made it 3-0 in the 47th minute of the second half as Lauren McDonald scored off an assist by Taylor Jackson. Shaw, who finished with two assists, concluded the Bearcat scoring with an unassisted goal in the 76th minute.