YHC rallies in double OT for 3-2 win over North Georgia to clinch share of PBC title

YHC rallies in double OT for 3-2 win over North Georgia to clinch share of PBC title

DAHLONEGA, Ga.  |  The No. 2-ranked Young Harris College men's soccer team rallied not once, but twice as they defeated the University of North Georgia 3-2 in double overtime of the annual Battle of Blood Mountain rivalry match Wednesday (Oct. 24) evening before a stadium record 1,112 fans at the UNG Soccer Complex.

Kevin Coiffic scored the game-tying goal with six seconds left in regulation and Carlos Gomez recorded the game winner with nine seconds remaining in double overtime for the Mountain Lions, who clinched the No. 1 seed in the Peach Belt Conference tournament next week in Evans, Georgia, and earned at least a share of their fourth PBC title with the win.

Young Harris improved to 14-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the PBC, while the Nighthawks fell to 6-6-1 and 3-3-0. Young Harris concludes the regular season Saturday (Oct. 27) as they host Francis Marion University in a 5 p.m. PBC contest at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field. A win or a tie against the Patriots will give the Mountain Lions the PBC title outright. YHC will honors its senior class prior to the match at 4:45 p.m. 

North Georgia started the scoring at the 15:00 mark with Prince Domafriyie's fourth goal of the season off an assist by Eren Ozer. 

Young Harris tied the game at 1 early in the second half at the 48:28 mark with Val Feeney's third goal of the season. Gomez passed the ball back to Feeney, who blasted the ball into the left corner of the net from 20 yards.

Alex Grant gave the Nighthawks a 2-1 lead with this fifth goal of the year in the 83rd minute off a loose ball in the box. 

The Mountain Lions, who held a 32-4 advantage on shots (10-2 on goal), sent the game into overtime tied at 2 when Coiffic, who was standing near the back post, headed the ball in off a  Dani Fischer corner kick from the right side with six seconds left in regulation. It was Coiffic's second goal of 2018. YHC held a 12-0 advantage on corner kicks in the match.

Young Harris continued to keep the pressure on the Nighthawks as they outshot them 5-0  in the extra time. UNG was forced to play a man down for the final 16 minutes of overtime as player received his second caution. The Mountain Lions got the deciding goal when Gomez knocked in a rebound with nine seconds remaining in the contest off Alex Jacq's initial shot that defelected over a Nighthawk defender. It was Gomez's 10th strike of the year.

Matt Sharman picked up seven saves between the pipes for the Nighthawks, while Christian Kjellsby earned the victory for the Mountain Lions.