AMERICUS, Ga. -- The first half went almost perfect for the Georgia Southwestern State University men's soccer team on Wednesday afternoon against Young Harris College at Hurricane Field. Almost.
GSW played the 12th-ranked team in NCAA Division II even for 40 minutes and 36 seconds; then, a momentary breakdown in the Hurricanes defense provided the opening Young Harris needed to capitalize and Mikie Rowe delivered what would turn out to be the game winner, his eighth goal of season. GSW's defense held off the Mountain Lions attack the rest of the way, but that one lapse proved to be the difference as Young Harris defeated the Hurricanes, 1-0.
GSW suffered its fifth loss by a one goal differential this fall as their record dips to 5-9-1 overall and 1-5-0 in Peach Belt Conference play, while Young Harris recorded its fifth shutout this season to improve to 11-2-2, 5-1-1 in the PBC.
Rowe took a flick pass from Seba Andreassen on the left side of the field, brought it to the top of the 18-yard box where he rolled a shot past GSW keeper Joshua Swift inside the lower left corner of the goal.
While the GSW defense did its best to hold off the Young Harris attack, offense proved hard to come by for the Hurricanes. Silvio Polly (3) and Jonathan Sayers (2) accounted for all of GSW's shot attempts in the match.
Young Harris finished with a 19-5 advantage in shots, but only five of the Mountain Lions' 19 attempts were on goal. GSW had three of their five on goal. The Hurricanes committed nine more fouls (18-9) and were blanked on corner kicks, 14-0.
Up Next: GSW wraps up its season on Saturday hosting No. 17 Lander University (10-3-1, 5-0-1 PBC) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday will be GSW Senior Day and the seven seniors (Joshua Swift, Silvio Polly, Chris Steinwachs, Daniel Mendsen, Trevor Dempsey, Lucas Kimmel and Uriel Rodriguez) will be recognized in a pre-match ceremony.