No. 18 Bearcats topple UNCP, advance to PBC semis

Three second half goals pushed Lander past UNC Pembroke on Tuesday night in the Peach Belt Tournament quarterfinals (Photo by Joshua S. Kelly)

GREENWOOD – The No. 18-ranked Lander men’s soccer team overcame a slow start to net three second-half goals as the top-seeded Bearcats knocked off eighth-seeded UNC Pembroke, 4-0, on Tuesday night in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals at Van Taylor Stadium.

Lander, which defeated the Braves, 9-0, earlier this season, improves to 13-3 overall, while UNC Pembroke ends the season at 5-11. Lander will face fifth-seeded Flagler at 11 a.m., Friday, at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., for the PBC tournament semifinals Flagler defeated fourth-seeded Francis Marion, 2-1, in its quarterfinal match.

Sam Lofts gave the Bearcats a 1-0 lead at 33:44 when he took a Richard Bryan pass and netted it from just in front of the goal.

The Bearcats pushed their advantage to 2-0 midway through the second half when George Knight collected a Jamie North free kick and scored at 61:46.

Lofts scored his second goal of the evening on a pass from Knight at the 74:35 mark and Michael Leach ended the scoring when he lobbed a shot into the upper-left corner off an assist from Tyler Bolton at 81:59.

Lander outshot the Braves, 20-8, and led in corner kicks, 8-3.

UNC Pembroke goalkeeper Lucas Gusmao grabbed four saves, while Lander’s Dean Cowdroy had two.

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