MORROW, Ga. – October 15, 2011 – The Clayton State Laker men’s soccer team dominated its contest against visiting UNC Pembroke in every facet possible except for the most important area.
With a late goal in the second half, UNC Pembroke rallied and pulled off a 2-1 victory over the Lakers on Saturday at Laker Field in Peach Belt Conference action. The defeat drops the Lakers to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the Peach Belt, and it’s Clayton State’s first home defeat in two seasons. UNC Pembroke improves to 9-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the Peach Belt, and the Braves defeated Clayton State for the first time since 2004.
The Lakers out-shot UNC Pembroke 17-7, but could not capitalize on scoring opportunities when they needed it the most. Clayton State got a break in the 32nd minute in the first half when senior Janny Rivera gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick.
However, that lead was short-lived. It only took the Braves 28 seconds to counter as Sam Miles scored from down the right wing off an assist by Payne Clark for the equalizer.
The score remained deadlocked until the 75th minute when Michael Davis scored on a header for UNC Pembroke off an assist by Miles on a corner kick.
Clayton State goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded three saves in the defeat, while his UNC Pembroke counterpart Ryan Hanson recorded six saves.
Clayton State travels next Saturday (Oct. 22) to Flagler for a 7:30 p.m. contest.