'Canes Fade In Loss To Lander

AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's soccer team dropped a 5-0 Peach Belt Conference decision to Lander University on Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Field. 

GSW's record drops to 0-3-2 overall, 0-1-1 in the PBC, while Lander improved its mark to 5-0 and 1-0 in conference play.

Sam Lofts broke open a scoreless match in the 24th minute for Lander when he directed a cross on the run from Sinclaire Sandy inside the left post. Lofts was in the right place 10 seconds later to punch in a rebound off a shot from Hugo Delhommelle.

The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.

The Hurricanes pressed to quickly cut the lead in half as they sliced through the Lander defense seconds into the second half and got a great look from Chris Steinwachs that bounced off the goalkeeper. The play developed so fast that there were no GSW players in position to punch in the rebound.

Lander proceeded to tack on goals in the 54th, 61st and 72nd minutes to round out the scoring.

The Bearcats finished with 16-1 shots on goal advantage and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.

GSW goalkeeper Garrett Blamire turned away eight shots in 58 minutes of action before exiting the game with a cut over his right eye. Joshua Swift made three saves and allowed a pair of Lander scores over the final 32 minutes.

Barrett Nielsen stopped the Hurricanes lone shot on goal for his third shutout in five matches for Lander.

The Hurricanes return to the pitch on Wednesday to host Concordia College (Ala.) at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference match.