Lakers back in winning column; face tough challenge Sat.
MORROW, GA – The Clayton State men's soccer team got back on the winning track Tuesday just in time for a much anticipated match against a conference rival and one of the top teams in the country.
After dropping two matches in the Peach Belt/Sunshine State Challenge last weekend, the Lakers defeated Newberry 3-1 to get back in the winning column Tuesday. The Lakers will have their hands full this weekend though, as Clayton State will welcome 4th-ranked Flagler to Laker Field.
"After our trip to Florida, it was good to get back on the winning track," said head coach Pete Petersen. "We were a little sloppy in the first half and Newberry battled us hard. We picked it up in the second half and played better. It was good to back on track with conference rival Flagler coming to town on Saturday. It will be another battle."
Clayton State jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Tuesday thanks to a quick goal by sophomore forward Ado Junuzovic 13 minutes into the match. He scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season off an assist from Elliott Prost who crossed a ball in the box for Junuzovic to slip by the keeper in the lower left of the net.
Early in the second half, the Lakers upped their lead to 2-0 as junior forward Alhagi Toure beat the keeper and converted a shot from five yards out in the lower right of the goal. Junuzovic was credited with the assist on the play.
Clayton State added some insurance in the 62nd minute as the preseason All-Peach Belt Conference tandem of junior midfielder Kevin Rodriquez and junior midfielder Arturo Cruz teamed up to give the team a 3-0 lead. Rodriquez got the assist and Cruz the assist on the play.
Newberry averted the shutout in the 76th minute of the match, as Kofi Kufor scored goal off an assist from Nick Rembowski.
Clayton State controlled much of the match, outshooting Newberry 15-4. Laker keeper Matt Sutton finished with two saves.