No. 10 men's soccer blanks North Georgia for key PBC victory

No. 10 men's soccer blanks North Georgia for key PBC victory

GREENWOOD – The 10th-ranked Lander men's soccer team moved into sole possession of second place in the Peach Belt Conference with a 3-0 win over North Georgia on Saturday night at Van Taylor Stadium. 

Lander (10-1-1, 3-1 PBC) earned its sixth win in its last eight tries over North Georgia (5-5-1, 2-2 PBC). The Nighthawks have not beaten the Bearcats since 2011. The meeting was a rematch of last year's PBC Tournament championship, which Lander won in penalty kicks. 

"I'm very, very pleased," said head coach Lee Squires. "Any game against a Peach Belt team is going to be tough. We knew we had to keep our composure and be solid defensively. We [scored] early and built on that. Really pleased with the clean sheet and the three points against a good Peach Belt team."

The Bearcats jumped out to an early lead when Jamie North delivered a corner kick to the far post, where Kyle Ferguson fired a header past Nighthawk keeper Matt Sharman to put Lander up 1-0 at the 6:12 mark.

Lander extended its advantage to 2-0 in the 43rd minute when Michael Leach blasted a shot from the right side of the box that richocheted in off the far post. 

Jamie North capped the scoring for Lander at the 68:12 mark as he delivered a free kick into the upper-right corner of the net to put the Bearcats ahead 3-0. 

The Bearcats outshot the Nighthawks 23-9 on the evening and Jacob Withers made five saves to preserve the shutout. 

Lander opens a three-match road stretch on Wednesday as the Bearcats travel to Chowan for a non-conference contest at 4:00 p.m.