Nighthawks suffer overtime defeat to nationally ranked Lander

Heading into overtime, the University of North Georgia men’s soccer team had hopes of stealing a home win over the No. 19 Lander Bearcats.

But the Nighthawks’ late effort came up short in the second minute of overtime after the Bearcats crushed their hopes with a goal to win in walkoff fashion, 1-0.

After ending regulation at a scoreless tie, UNG once again failed to defend against a set piece in overtime, conceding the sudden death goal off a free kick in the 91st minute. (Photo by Jake Cantrell)

With the loss, the Nighthawks fall to 5-5 on the season, but UNG head coach Patrice Parris was pleased with the effort that his team put forward.

“Two top teams going at it, someone was going to walk away with a win today,” Parris said. “Unfortunately we are on the other side of the loss column. I don’t take away anything away from Lander or my boys. I thought we had chances to put the game away within the 90 and they did too.”

Ivan Acimovic tried to get things going for North Georgia in the 15th minute when he tried to head in a goal, but Lander’s keeper saved it to preserve the shutout. The Nighthawks and the Bearcats were evenly matched in the first half as both teams had four shots on goal.

Senior midfielder Ivan Acimovic makes a run toward the goal during Wednesday’s loss to Lander University. Acimovic was UNG’s most dynamic threat throughout the game, but could not convert any of the chances into a goal. (Photo by Jake Cantrell)

In the second half Lander had nine shots on goal while North Georgia had six. With under a minute left to go in regulation, Lander fired a couple of shots after a corner kick, but North Georgia’s defense held them off for the rest of regulation.

Lander did not waste any time putting North Georgia away in overtime. Robbie Young shot the golden goal for the Bearcats in the second minute that abruptly ended the hopes of a win for the Nighthawks.

North Georgia looks to rebound as they host Lincoln Memorial University Wednesday in Dahlonega.

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