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Roundup: No. 1 Young Harris advances to semis

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. -- Ilija Ilic scored twice and added an assist as No. 1 Young Harris shut out the North Georgia 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference tournament on tuesday evening at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer and Lacrosse Field.

The top-seeded Mountain Lions, who were playing their first home match under the lights in front of 600 people, won their 14th consecutive game as they improved to 16-1-0. North Georgia, the tournament's No. 8 seed, ended their campaign at 3-14-2. Young Harris will advance to Friday's semifinal at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., when they will face No. 4 seed Francis Marion. The Patriots defeated No. 5 seed Clayton State 2-1 in their quarterfinal.

Young Harris, which outshot the Nighthawks 34-4, finally broke through when Niall McCabe scored his 11th goal at the 36:23 mark. McCabe's strike was set up by Kevin Sosa when he crossed the ball to Ilic, who passed it to McCabe and he flicked it with his back foot into the left corner of the net.

The Mountain Lions doubled their lead 75 seconds into the second half when McCabe, who leads the Peach Belt with 17 assists, served the ball in from the right side to Ilic, who leads the Peach Belt in goals (19) and points (44). Ilic then blasted the ball into the left corner of the frame. Young Harris took a 3-0 lead at the 65:13 mark when Lewis Hilton sent a through ball down the left side to Alex Wyper, who finished with a shot that went in the upper left corner for his ninth goal. Ilic added an insurance goal with just more than six minutes remaining off an assist from Khurram Shazad.

Pedro Ozi stopped two shots as he notched his PBC-leading eighth shutout while Kris Alonzo, who stopped a penalty kick in the second half, had 15 saves for the Nighthawks.

No. 10 Southern New Hampshire 5, Saint Rose 0

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Top-seeded Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 5-0 victory against No. 8-seed Saint Rose in a Northeast-10 championship quarterfinal Tuesday night at Larkin Field. The Penmen, who are ranked No. 10 nationally, won their 16th consecutive game to improve to 16-1, while the Golden Knights, who were making their first NE-10 championship appearance, see their season come to a close at 8-10.

SNHU will welcome fourth-seeded Adelphi on Friday night for an NE-10 semifinal at Larkin Field, as the Panthers downed Le Moyne College 3-0 Tuesday. The Penmen edged Adelphi 2-1 in overtime on Sept.r 28 on Long Island.

Southern New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute as it was awarded a penalty kick after Sebastian Stezewski was taken down in the box. Pierre Omanga converted the penalty kick for his 17th goal of the season.

Just under five minutes later, the Penmen doubled the advantage on Christian Rodriguez's third goal of the season. Rodriguez took a long left-to-right pass across the area from Kenny Doublette and chipped it over charging Saint Rose keeper Colan Baldwell to the far left post. Keegan Campbell made it 3-0 at the 26:22 mark when he one-timed a pass over the defense from Jonathan Lupinelli for his second goal of the season.

Brian Francolini scored both Penmen goals in the second half. His first came off a short pass from the left endline by Stezewski 4:51 into the second half, while his second came in the 62nd minute. Francolini's initial header shot clanged off the crossbar, but he was able to collect the rebound and put it home for his fifth goal of the season.

Dom DiMaggio played the first 61:52 in goal and made one save before being relieved by Eddie Legg, who was not forced to make a save the rest of the way to complete the shutout, SNHU's fourth in a row and 10th of the season. Balkwell went the distance for Saint Rose and made 11 saves as the Penmen held a commanding 29-6 shot advantage, including 20-2 in the first half.