NORTH GEORGIA 3, USC AIKEN 1
Playing in rain and hampered by a lightning delay, the USC Aiken men's soccer team lost a 3-1 contest to the University of North Georgia on Wednesday evening.
The Pacers are now 1-8 overall and 0-6 in league play. The Nighthawks improve to 5-5 on the year and 2-4 against conference foes.
The visitors got on the board quickly to start the match. The Nighthawks found the back of the net at the 3:38 mark off a breakaway for a 1-0 edge. Six minutes later, a foul in the box by USCA allowed UNG to have a penalty kick. The Nighthawks increased the advantage to 2-0.
Scoring off a rebound at the 13:45 mark, UNG held a 3-0 advantage.
Head coach Ike Ofoje's team battled back in the torrential downpour of rain. USCA pulled within two in the 33rd minute of play. A free kick by Maik Spiekermann near the midfield stripe was played into the box. Jaymee Kambel ended up with it and quickly blasted a shot past the keeper to make it 3-1.
Fans thought USCA netted another goal moments later, but a tremendous give-and-go play was waived off prior to the shot beating the keeper due to the home squad being whistled offside.
For the match, Felipe Cerda recorded a save. Ofoje's team registered six shots, including two on frame. Another hit the crossbar.
The Pacers return to action Saturday when they travel to Georgia Southwestern at 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at PacerSports.com.