Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Clayton State

MONTEVALLO, Ala.
- Talk about redemption for David Duot.

Last Friday, he was ejected with a red card in Clayton State's Peach Belt Conference Men's Soccer Tournament semifinal defeat against Montevallo. However, on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament, Duot scored the Lakers' lone goal as Clayton State won a 1-0 thriller over Peach Belt rival Flagler at Montevallo's Varsity Field.

The victory improves 19th-ranked Clayton State to 18-3 overall, tying the single-season school record for victories. Clayton State, winners of eight of its last nine games, advances to the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16" for the fifth time in program history.

The Lakers will battle Anderson at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday at Montevallo. Anderson tied Montevallo 1-1 on Friday night, and then advanced on penalty kicks. Flagler concludes its season at 14-5-1.

"Flagler is a quality program and we beat them finally when it counted the most," said Clayton State head coach Pete Petersen. "That was great for David after having to sit out last game. That goal he scored was beautiful."

After a scoreless first half, Clayton State got the break it needed early in the second half. In the 47th minute, defender Roger Boniface sent a cross into the penalty box, and Duot scored on a side-volley past Flagler goalkeeper Matt Gilman.

From there, the Lakers relied on their stout defense. Clayton State withstood a Flagler offensive bombardment in the final 20 minutes of the contest as Laker goalkeeper Brian Garcia recorded his 10th shutout of the season with four saves. Gilman had three saves for Flagler.

The shots were an even 12-12 on both sides.