Rivera “wills” Clayton State men to hard-fought 2-1 triumph at USC Aiken

AIKEN, S.C. – October 29, 2011 – Having lost five of its last six games, the Clayton State Laker men's soccer team needed any kind of momentum possible heading into the postseason on Saturday night.

Janny Rivera made sure it happened.

The senior midfielder scored both Laker goals as Clayton State concluded the regular season with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph at USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action. Clayton State is now 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the Peach Belt heading into next week's PBC Tournament. USC Aiken ended its season 3-9-4 overall and 1-4-3 in the Peach Belt.

Rivera scored his two goals in the second half. He scored his first in the 49th minute on a penalty kick as USC Aiken's Kennis Paul was issued a red card, putting the Pacers a man down for the rest of the contest. But that didn't stop USC Aiken from capitalizing. Nine minutes later, the Pacers got the equalizer as Steven Campbell scored off an assist by Brett Van Pelt.

However, Rivera came through in the clutch when the Lakers needed it the most. He scored the game-winner in the 75th minute on a direct kick.

For the game, the Lakers out-shot USC Aiken 22-9, and there were a combined six cards issued. In fact, the Pacers were issued two red cards and had to go two players down for much of the second half.

Clayton State will know on Sunday who it will play in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and where it will be.

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