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Oct. 10, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia Southern goalkeeper Brian Young made a diving save on an Upstate corner kick in overtime and Luigi Clendening converted with less than three minutes remaining in the first overtime period to lift the Georgia Southern Eagles over USC Upstate Wednesday night in non-conference men's soccer action at County University Soccer Stadium.
Georgia Southern improves to 5-7-0 on the year, snapping a two-game losing streak. Upstate falls to 2-9-0 on the year, snapping a two-game winning streak. Georgia Southern hosts Southern Conference rival Davidson Saturday afternoon at 1:00, while Upstate travels to Gardner-Webb for an A-Sun matchup Sunday night at 7:00.
The game was non-eventful for most of regulation with neither team being able to put together solid scoring opportunities as the Eagles and Spartans took a scoreless tie into halftime and then into overtime. At the end of regulation, Georgia Southern had taken eight shots, while Upstate had put up six attempts.
The opportunities changed in overtime and it looked like, on two different occasions, that Upstate would prevail in the match. The first opportunity came after Upstate stole the ball deep in Georgia Southern territory. David Acosta had possession of the ball on the right side of the box and Young came well off of his line. With Young out of position, Acosta played a pass to the middle of the box, but Jack Burridge was unable to track it down and the Eagles escaped by clearing the ball out of the attacking zone.
The second golden opportunity for Upstate came with 3:51 remaining in the first overtime period when a Spartan was taken down in the box and Upstate was awarded a penalty kick. Nick Buxton stepped up to take the shot for the Spartans and placed a shot towards the left corner of the goal, but Young was there to make the diving save to extend the game.
Just over a minute later, Georgia Southern would prevail. Young punted the ball to midfield where Mark Beville headed the ball across the midfield stripe to the head of Daniel Smith. Smith's header found a streaking Luigi Clendening who beat his defender and went one-on-one with Upstate keeper Jason McCabe. McCabe got a hand on the shot, but the ball was struck with too much force and found the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory.
Georgia Southern out-shot Upstate 9-7 in the game, while Upstate led in corner kicks, 5-3. Young made five saves to keep Upstate off the scoreboard. McCabe, the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week, made two stops for Upstate.