Vil­la­toro scores game-win­ner for Dalton St. in up­set win

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From Dalton St. re­ports THOMASVILLE

-- One day re­moved from a dis­ap­point­ing loss, Dalton State showed re­silience in bounc­ing back to de­feat #12 Thomas (Ga.), 3-2 in the fi­nal match of the TU In­vi­ta­tional at TU Soc­cer Com­plex in Thomasville, Ga. on Sun­day.


The Road­run­ners would be the first to strike when San­ti­ago Moore went top shelf with a free kick from 25 yards out that found the back of the net in the 19th minute. Moore would not be fin­ished as he scored yet again, this time from 20 yards out on an­other free kick in the 21st minute. With the score 2-0 in fa­vor of the Road­run­ners, Thomas (Ga.) went on the at­tack look­ing to slash the deficit. They would cut the lead to one when Leo Thomp­son con­nected on a cross from Ni­cola Monelli in the 22nd minute that made its way past Road­run­ner goal­keeper Sa­muel Fraire.

Dalton State would find it­self at a dis­ad­van­tage later in the 22nd minute when ju­nior Se­bas­tian Guz­man re­ceived a red card for fight­ing, forc­ing the Road­run­ners to play with 10 men. The Birds would hold tight the rest of the half and go into the break with a 2-1 lead.


The sec­ond pe­riod of play be­gan how the first one left off, with the in­ten­sity pushed to the edge. Dalton State would catch a break in the 63rd minute when a Thomas player would re­ceive his sec­ond yel­low card, putting both teams even with 10 men. Just 28 sec­onds later, Nighthawk mid­fielder Andile Sit­hole beat Sa­muel Fraire from six yards out for the equal­izer.

The tie would be short lived as fresh­man and former Sono­rav­ille stand­out Kevin Vil­la­toro scored in the 68th minute when a ball de­flected off two Nighthawks in the box and found empty space. The Road­run­ner de­fense would hold tight the rest of the way, seal­ing the up­set win for Dalton State.


Dalton State im­proves to (2-1) on the sea­son, while #12 Thomas (Ga.) falls to (1-2) with the loss.

Sopho­more San­ti­ago Moore picks up his sec­ond and third goals of the sea­son, while fresh­man Kevin Vil­la­toro nets his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.


“We played our hearts out, it was a team win. The team showed big char­ac­ter to­day in this win, es­pe­cially af­ter a tough loss on Saturday. I love this team and this is one of our big­gest wins ever. It is very tough to pull off wins at Thomas Univer­sity, they have big tra­di­tion and are well coached. I am proud of our team and we look for­ward to com­ing home to play Shorter Univer­sity on Thurs­day.”

-Men’s Soc­cer Coach Kerem Daser

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