Laker offense explodes for five goals, blank Francis Marion 5-0
Florence, SC – The Clayton State men's soccer team got back on the winning track Saturday in a big way, exploding for five second half goals to blank Peach Belt Conference rival Francis Marion 5-0 Saturday in Florence, SC.
After a scoreless first half, the Laker offensive machine hit on all cylinders in the second half with five goals, including two from junior forward Alhagi Toure and two from sophomore forward Ado Junuzovic.
"Francis Marion battled and what a great facility," said head coach Pete Petersen. "Officiating was great and the fellas needed to get back on the winning track. We were able to finish our chances, and Jonny (Evans) had a great game with three assists."
Toure scored the team's first goal in the 48th minute after a double assist from Evans and Nikola Gazibara. The scoring play resulted after a cross, a short pass and a shot from eight yards out. The Lakers scored again seven minutes later with Toure taking a pass from midfielder Arturo Cruz then blasting a shot from 18 yards over the keeper.
The squad added some insurance in the 67th minute as Junuzovic found the back of the nets on another assist from Evans, chipping the shot from 19 yards over the keeper. Laker midfielder Nomis Cisic added another goal in the 70th minute to put the game out of reach for Clayton State, heading in a shot off a cross from midfielder Kevin Rodriquez.
Jununovic put an exclamation point on the second half offensive explosion with his team-leading 11th goal of the season on a 28-yard shot from the top of the box off yet another assist by Evans, his team leading fifth of the season.
The Lakers controlled the match from the outset, outshooting the Patriots 21-9 in the match. Senior keeper Matt Sutton recorded his second shutout of the season and finished with four saves.
Clayton State will return to Peach Belt action on Wednesday, traveling to face Georgia Southwestern.