Clayton State men fall 2-1 to Peach Belt rival Lander
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State men's soccer team battled #24 Lander for the entire match but was unable to come up with an equalizing goal down stretch, falling to its Peach Belt Conference rival 2-1 at Laker Field.
Playing a man down the final 15 minutes of the match, the Lakers had a couple of scoring opportunities down the stretch but were unable to convert, dropping their record to 4-6 overall and 0-4 in the league. The win improves the Bearcats to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.
"It's a rivalry (Clayton State and Lander) that 10 out of our 15 young players knew nothing about," said head coach Pete Petersen. "Well, they know now. Unfortunately, we missed a couple of chances late that would have brought us even. Our lads deserved at least a tie. I was very proud of these guys the way they fought; it bodes well for the remainder of the season and the future."
After a scoreless first half, Lander struck for two quick goals in the second half to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The first goal came in the 54th minute as midfielder Clement Dauchy received a pass from Clement Simonin, took a couple of dribbles and then fired a shot past Clayton State keeper Matt Sutton in the lower right of the net from 15 yards out.
The second goal for the Bearcats came four minutes later as forward Robert Seaton scored on a shot upper right of goal off a cross from midfielder Kevin Durand.
Clayton State answered in the 74th minute of the match as Laker forward Alhagi Toure raced down a ball that got over the keeper to score a goal on an open net. The goal was Toure's fifth of the season, second best on the club, and the play was set-up on a pass from forward Aziz Izmour.
The Lakers outshot Lander 18-15 in the match, including 12-6 in the first half but were only able to find the net on one occasion. Sutton finished with six saves for the team in the loss.