MORROW, GA- Junior Luke Janes scored in the 88th minute to propel the Pfeiffer University men’s soccer team (2-1-1) to a dramatic come-from-behind victory over North Georgia (1-4) on Saturday evening. Janes’ header past the Nighthawks’ keeper pushed the Falcons back above .500 and was the defensemen’s second career goal and first game-winner.
North Georgia struck in the 11th minute when Amin El-Shami took a pass from Alexandro Martinez and beat Pfeiffer goalkeeper Nicolas Dulac for his second goal of the season. In the 27th minute, the Falcons would respond when junior Kyle Toler’s pass across the box found senior Aldo Ramirez who put his shot in the upper right corner for his first score of the year. The half ended with each team taking eight shots. North Georgia put four on goal, while the Falcons had three on net.
North Georgia had some opportunities early in the second half, taking the first eight shots of the stanza. Many of the shots were blocked by the Falcons defense and the ones that got through were stopped by Dulac. In the 60th minute, Paco Cortez was subbed in and immediately put a shot on goal but Kris Alonzo made the stop for the Nighthawks. The offensive attack continued for North Georgia, and by the 78th minute, they held a 14-2 advantage in second half shots as Pfeiffer was content to sit back on defense. Dulac made four stops and the game remained tied, setting the stage for Janes’ late heroics. Jamie Sanclemente sent a long pass off a direct kick that Janes converted, giving the Falcons the victory.
The result was encouraging to first-year head coach Bob Reasso, especially considering the Falcons fell 8-0 to Clayton St. last night.
“We showed a lot of resiliency,” said Reasso. “We got knocked down last night but we battled back, which is a great testament to the team. We kept fighting and showed our courage. I am pleased with tonight’s result.”
North Georgia held a 24-13 lead in shots, including a 16-5 discrepancy in the final 45 minutes of the match. Dulac made six saves to improve to 2-1-1, while Alonzo made five stops.
The Nighthawks also held a 5-2 advantage in corners.
The Falcons return to action in the third game of a five-game road stretch on Wednesday night when they travel to Catawba for a 7:30 p.m. match.