EVANS, Ga. – For the second-straight season the University of Montevallo men's soccer team (12-3-4) will take on Flagler College (14-3-2) in the Peach Belt Conference Championship. The Falcons advanced to the title match with a 1-0 victory over UNC Pembroke (11-5-2) in the Semifinal Round. UM's lone goal came off a penalty kick in the 47th minute of action from senior Phil Jackson (Lincolnshire, England/Queen Elizabeth's). The tally was Jackson's fourth game-winner of the season and second in the past three matches.
The match was a very physical affair with 28 total fouls called including the infraction that led to the penalty kick.
UNCP looked to be in control in the first half as they held the Falcons without a shot while taking three of their own. First Team All-Conference performer Brendan Ledgeway (York, England/All Saints) made one save in the first period and four more in the second to pick up his 11th shutout of the season and drop his goals against average to a staggering 0.63.
The second half began with a flash as UM immediately put the pressure on the Pembroke defense. Just over a minute into the period junior Shane Howard (County Carlow, Ireland/Old Dominion University) broke into the box for a point blank shot that was saved by UNCP goalkeeper Ryan Hanson. The rebound came loose and Howard went for the ball but was speared by Hanson which caused the Braves to be called for a foul. Jackson stepped up to the penalty spot and buried the ball into the corner to give UM the 1-0 advantage.
The Falcons and Braves would battle back-and-forth the rest of the way as both teams took nine shots a piece. UM would have a few more scoring chances as senior Tyson Eyo (Liverpool, England/Florida Tech) clanked a ball off the post and freshman Alex Morton (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) sailed a ball over the crossbar from point blank range.
Howard led the Falcons with five shots including three on goal while Sean Hoek led the Braves with four shots and two on goal.
The Falcons will return to action this Sunday at 3:30 (EST) as they take on the No.1 seed Flagler College in the PBC Championship match. The two teams tied during the regular season and UM bested the Saints last season in the Championship match.