Lakers fall 2-0 to Montevallo in Peach Belt action
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State men's soccer surrendered two first half goals and was unable to catch up Wednesday, falling 2-0 to Peach Belt Conference foe Montevallo at Laker Field.
Montevallo scored its first goal 13 minutes in the match on a penalty kick by forward Pierre Omanga, his Peach Belt Conference eight of the season. The Falcons struck again in the 34th minute, as midfielder Jackson Tolleson slightly nicked a deflected shot off Clayton State keeper Sean Merfeld that found the back of the net.
The Lakers held solid for the remainder of the match but were unable to muster any offense against Montevallo, which ranks as the top defensive club in the Peach Belt Conference.
"Kudos to Montevallo," said head coach Pete Petersen. "They were organized and came to play. We didn't show up in the first half, and we gave them a PK and a deflection. We got so deep in a hole that we couldn't climb out. We gotta get better."
With the loss, Clayton State falls to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the league, while Montevallo improves to 6-2 and 3-0 in the PBC. The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, traveling to face Limestone College in a 4 p.m. match in Gaffney, SC.
Montevallo outshot the Lakers 20-10 in the match and both teams finished with six corner kicks. Merfeld recorded seven saves in the match.