AMERICUS, Ga. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men's soccer team acquired an important 1-0 shutout victory over Peach Belt Conference foe Georgia Southwestern in its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Field.
The 1-0 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon gives the Pacers their first league win of the year. It is their second positive league result as the Pacers had a achieved a positive league result already in a tie with UNC Pembroke.
USC Aiken ends its regular season with a 1-6-1 record in league action. The 1-6-1 mark in league play leaves the Pacers clinging to the eighth and final spot in the 2010 PBC Tournament. Georgia Southwestern is now 1-6 with one league game to play against Flagler (Oct. 27). The Pacers will now have to wait for the conclusion of the Flagler-Georgia Southwestern game to see if they will be rewarded for their strong finish to the regular season with a trip to the PBC Tournament.
The Pacers conclude the regular season with an overall record of 2-10-2. Georgia Southwestern falls to 2-11 on the year overall with the loss to the Pacers.
Michael Ardrey (Augusta, Ga./Richmond Academy) was the hero for the Pacers on Saturday afternoon, scoring the game-winner in the 19th-minute off an assist from Joseph Oller (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta). The goal was the first of Ardrey's career.
The Pacers from there would be able to hold Georgia Southwestern off for the rest of the match to record the shutout win.
Robert Bolender (Kennesaw, Ga./Reinhardt) logged all 90 minutes in net for the Pacers in the contest to acquire his first shutout as a member of the USC Aiken men's soccer team.
USC Aiken as a team finished the Georgia Southwestern match with seven more shots than the Hurricanes at 14-7. The Pacers held a 5-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities.