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Clayton State women, UNC Pembroke battle to scoreless tie

Published: October 15, 2011

MORROW, Ga. – October 15, 2011 – The shutout streak continued for the Clayton State Laker women’s soccer team, but victory was to be had on Saturday.

The Lakers battled visiting UNC Pembroke to a scoreless tie at Laker Field in Peach Belt Conference action. Despite the deadlock, Clayton State is now 7-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Lakers have recorded five straight shutouts and seven overall this season, the most for Clayton State since 2007.

UNC Pembroke is now 8-4-2 and 3-4-1 in the Peach Belt.

“We are delighted with our fifth consecutive clean sheet,” said Clayton State head coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “We had our opportunities to win today, but ultimately we are happy to take a point and pleased with the effort and performance from everyone.

“Both goalkeepers played tremendous.”

Indeed, the two goalkeepers were stellar. Clayton State’s Laoise O’Driscoll improved her consecutive minutes’ streak without allowing a goal to 512 straight minutes with eight saves. UNC Pembroke goalkeeper Britney Bennett recorded seven saves in key situations. Three times, she thwarted opportunities by Clayton State’s Natalia Valentine, including one in the first overtime session when the Lakers were going for the potential victory.

Clayton State out-shot UNC Pembroke 16-15.

Clayton State plays host to Columbus State this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Laker Field. 


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