YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Whatever the halftime speech was for Young Harris College, it must’ve worked wonders, as the Mountain Lions scored the match's lone goal just 48 seconds into the second half …
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Whatever the halftime speech was for Young Harris College, it must’ve worked wonders, as the Mountain Lions scored the match's lone goal just 48 seconds into the second half to hand the Lee men's soccer team a 1-0 road defeat on Tuesday night.
Carlos Gomez was in the right place at the right time as he ricocheted a shot off the left post for the game-winning goal at the 45:48 mark after Mehdy Hidane's initial shot was saved by Lee goalkeeper Tristan Putnam.
Putnam recorded a career-high 10 saves for the Flames as he and the Lee defense faced an onslaught from the Young Harris attack the entire evening. The home team took 24 shots and placed 11 on goal.
Lee was credited with five shots and had three on frame but were held scoreless for the second straight match. Alex Iglesias earned the victory in net for the Mountain Lions and tallied three saves in the contest.
The Flames suffered their first loss under first-year head coach Derek Potteiger and are now 1-1-2 on the year. Young Harris improves to 3-1-1 with the victory. The Georgia club was ranked No. 11 last week before falling out of the top 25 in the latest rankings released earlier in the day.
The Flames will enter conference play on Friday as they welcome Delta State to the Lee Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. On Sunday, Lee will host Mississippi College at 4 p.m. The Choctaws are currently in first place in the GSC and are receiving votes in the latest Top 25 poll.
Putnam is Defender
of the Week
Lee senior goalkeeper Tristan Putnam has been named the Gulf South Conference Defender of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The Forney, Texas, native kept the No. 13 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish off the scoreboard while collecting four saves in Thursday’s 0-0 draw at the Lee Soccer Field.
On the season, Putnam has posted a 0.58 goals against average while saving 15 shots, including several acrobatic saves, to help lead the Flames to a 1-0-2 start.
“Tristan has been very solid for us in the early going so far this season. He has made some big saves in each game, but beyond that his confidence is contagious among the whole back line,” said Lee head coach Derek Potteiger. “He certainly deserves the weekly honor but it represents the entire team’s commitment to our defensive mentality.”
Putnam and the Flames will test No. 11 Young Harris College on the road on Tuesday, before opening conference play this weekend with home matches against Delta State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Mississippi College on Sunday at 4 p.m.
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