Sixth-ranked Young Harris beats Mars Hill 2-0 for eighth consecutive win
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. -- Young Harris celebrated its return to the top 10 with a 2-0 non-conference victory against Mars Hill on Tuesday afternoon at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field.
The Mountain Lions vaulted six positions to No. 6 in this week's NSCAA top 25 that was released earlier in the day. The ranking matched the highest since the program became a four-year institution. Young Harris was ranked No. 6 during the middle of last season.
Young Harris won its eighth consecutive game as they improved 10-1-0 while the Lions fell to 4-7-0.
The Mountain Lions wasted little time as they took a 1-0 lead 97 seconds into the match. Lewis Hilton collected a loose ball near the top of the box and blasted it in the left corner of the net from 15 yards out. It was Hilton's second score of the season.
Young Harris, which outshot Mars Hill 16-6, added an insurance goal midway through the first half. Niall McCabe, who leads the Peach Belt in assists with nine, crossed the ball from the right side to Ilija Ilic at the left post. Ilic then headed the ball in for his 10th goal -- second most in the Peach Belt -- in 2013.
Pedro Ozi recorded his fifth shutout of the season as he stopped two shots while Chris Mitchell had four for Mars Hill.