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Clayton State men inch closer to PBC title

From Staff Reports

AMERICUS - The Clayton State Laker men's soccer team inched ever so closer to a potential Peach Belt Conference regular season championship on Wednesday with a 3-0 shutout victory at Georgia Southwestern.

The victory pushes Clayton State's current unbeaten streak to seven straight games. The Lakers (10-4-1, 5-1-1 PBC) have now recorded a PBC-leading nine shutouts on the season.

Clayton State clearly dominated with 18 shots, while holding Georgia Southwestern (2-13, 0-6 PBC) to only two. The Lakers got on the board in the 37th minute when Kyle Timm fed a streaking Jonathan Ray down the middle, and Ray hammered it home from the top of the penalty box.

Clayton State got some needed insurance in the second half with two goals. Matthias Faublas gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead, converting a penalty kick in the 50th minute. Alargie Jobe then accounted for the final Laker goal with a 20-yard strike from the top of the penalty off another Timm assist in the 68th minute.

Laker goalkeeper David Cristofoli recorded his PBC-leading ninth shutout with one save. The senior has allowed only one goal in his last 677 minutes. David Porley had six saves for the Hurricanes.

Clayton State closes out the regular season a week from Saturday (Oct. 31) with a PBC showdown at Lander with a possible PBC regular season championship on the line. Game time is 1 p.m.

CSU women end skid

With postseason aspirations on the line, the Clayton State Laker women's soccer team needed a victory at Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia Southwestern to stay alive.

The Lakers got it on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern at Hurricane Field. The victory ended a three-game losing skid for Clayton State, which improves to 4-9-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Clayton State clearly dominated play on the offensive end, out-shooting Georgia Southwestern 17-2 for the game. After playing even for the first 20 minutes, the Lakers got their first break in the 27th minute as Jennifer Dreasler scored on a header off a right cross from Rebekah Cook.

The Lakers got a little breathing room midway through the second half. Natalia Valentine took the ball down the right flank and fed Cherie Sayon for a header and a goal in the 69th minute. It was the 14th goal on the season for Sayon, ranked second in the PBC in goals scored.

Georgia Southwestern (3-11, 0-8 PBC) made a game of it late. In the 82nd minute, the Lady Hurricanes' Brittney Hill scored off a right cross from Jennifer Starvetsky.

Clayton State closes out the regular season a week from Saturday (Oct. 31) with a PBC showdown at Lander. Game time is 3:30 p.m.