EVANS — After 110 minutes of soccer, the Peach Belt Conference Championship comes down to penalty kicks, and, following the longest shootout in PBC Championship history, the University of North Georgia men's soccer team was defeated by No. 23 Lander, 9-8, in the shootout.
Lander scored first in the 70th minute of play on a goal that was reviewed by video replay as the ball just went over the end line before Matt Sharman deflected it away.
The Nighthawks answered with an 87th minute goal. Daniel Bennett passed toward the back post before a Lander defender defected the ball in the net for an own goal. Both teams had opportunities in overtime before the match went into the shootout.
Lander and North Georgia made every shot through the first eight shooters. The Bearcats' Thibault Chretien made the ninth goal before UNG missed off the crossbar to end the match.
- North Georgia finishes the season 10-7-1 and runners-up in the tournament.
- Alex Grant, Gabriel Garcia and Adam Farrell were named to the All-Tournament Team following the match.
- Sharman made 11 saves in the first 110 minutes of play. Neither keeper made a save in the shootout.
- The previous high score in a shootout at the PBC Tournament happened three times with a 4-3 score.