Young Harris Outlasts Florida Tech

Brett PohlmeyerPhoto credit: James Ragan Photography

Young Harris outscored Florida Tech 3-0 in the third quarter, leading the Mountain Lions to an 8-5 victory, and spoiling the Panthers home-opener at Florida Tech Panther Stadium on Sunday.  It was the first win for Young Harris over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Panthers goalie Daniel Flock made 18 saves in this one and for the first 12:57 of the game, he held Young Harris off the board. That changed with 2:03 left in the quarter when Chandler Bradley ripped a shot by Flock and made it 1-0.

Just over one minute into the second quarter Young Harris doubled their lead with a goal from Hayes Johnson. The Panthers first goal came with 11:06 left in the half when Tajee Mobley took a pass from Logan Sweeney and put it past Young Harris goalie Sean Dever, making it 2-1.

The Mountain Lions added a goal with 5:30 left in the half off the stick of Bevan Pate. Florida Tech didn’t take long to bounce back, getting goals from Logan Sweeney and Carson Clough 47 seconds apart, tying the game at three. Both goals were unassisted and ensured the 19th-ranked Panthers a tie at the half.

Things got away from Florida Tech in the third quarter. Bradley scored his second of the day, a man-up goal 3:35 into the stanza. Matty Ledon scored less than a minute and a half later and he capped off the quarter with his second consecutive goal, with just 15 seconds left on the clock. That put the Panthers down 6-3, heading to the fourth.

Addison Abramson cut the deficit to 6-4, scoring his first of the season with 10:47 left. Young Harris did not dent the scoreboard again until there was 2:40 to go on a goal by Bruce Silk. Brett Pohlmeyer scored 50 seconds later to pull the Panthers back to within two, 7-5 but Pate scored with 43 seconds left, securing the win for the Mountain Lions.

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Young Harris held a 37 (26 SOG) 35 (17 SOG) advantage in shots and a 32-30 edge in ground balls. The Panthers only won six of the 17 faceoffs but were 20-of-22 on clears. Each team had 12 turnovers.

Florida Tech (0-2) return to the Olin Complex on the campus of Florida Tech Saturday, as they host Keiser University at 11:30 a.m.