EVANS, Ga. – The seventh-ranked and second-seeded Lander men's soccer team posted its sixth consecutive shuout and used goals from Oliver Brock and George Knight to earn a 2-0 win over sixth-seeded Clayton State at Blanchard Woods Park in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon. With the win, Lander advances to its fourth consecutive PBC Tournament championship match.
Lander (14-1-2) outshot the Lakers (3-11-3) 13-4 in the second half and held an 18-10 shot advantage in the match.
"First and foremost, I'm really proud of the boys," said head coach Lee Squires. "Conditions out there weren't easy. We played Clayton State just a week ago and we knew it was going to be more challenging this time around. Everyone's fighting for their lives, trying to get to the final. We knew it would come down to the little details and doing the simple things as well as we could. We can still do those better, but we did enough to deserve to be in the final and we're looking forward to that challenge. I'm just proud of my guys for getting it done in another tough match in the Peach Belt."
The Bearcats struck at the 13:37 mark when Brock delivered a free kick under the crossbar from 35 yards out to give Lander a 1-0 advantage.
Lander tacked on its second goal in the 57th minute when Brock sent a ball deep into the box, where Knight headed a shot past Laker keeper Leuri Fraire to put the Bearcats ahead 2-0.
Jacob Withers finished with three saves for the Bearcats, while Fraire finished with seven saves, all in the second period.
The Bearcats return to action Sunday, Nov. 4, at 12:00 p.m. when they take on second-ranked and top-seeded Young Harris in the PBC Tournament championship match.