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Local Roundup - Panthers in pink for cancer awareness

    PORTAL — When the Portal Lady Panthers take the field Thursday at home against Wheeler County, they will wear pink uniforms to encourage breast cancer awareness in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Week.
    Fans are encouraged to support the cause, and those fans attending the game who dress in pink will be admitted to the contest for $1.

Eagles play to 0-0 tie with Radford
    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Trailing 1-0 late in the second half, David Leonard scored and the Eagles (1-2-1) held Radford (1-2-1) scoreless in overtime to earn a 1-1 draw in the final round of the Flash Gordon Motors Invitational in High Point, N.C., Sunday.
    Drew Ruggles lined up a free-kick in the 79th minute, sending it in front of the goal. Leonard leaped to get his head to the ball, sending it past Radford goalkeeper Ryan Taylor to even the score with his first goal of the season.
    On the other end, Ryan Platt made save after save to finish with 12 in match. However, he was unable to keep the clean sheet when Radford got a break in the 13th minute. Luis Grande sent a ball through to Iyiola Awosika, who took a shot from the right side of the box. The shot went just past the out-stretched arms of Platt, bounding off the far post and into the net.
    Platt made 10 of his saves in after halftime, including four in the first overtime to keep the Eagles in the match. Georgia Southern a pair of chances to win in the second overtime, but each time Taylor was able to make the save for Radford.
    The Eagles will continue to play on the road, taking on North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Eagles next home match is scheduled for Sunday against Winthrop at noon.

KSU penalty kick downs Lady Eagles
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After working to even the match against Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern gave up a penalty kick which lifted the Owls (3-3-1) to a 2-1 victory over the Eagles (2-4-0) Sunday in the final round of the Samford Invitational.            Alma Gardarsdottir scored in the seventh minute, giving Kennesaw State a 1-0 lead on an assist from Brittany Vining and Tasia Williams. Georgia Southern spent the next 45 minutes working to find the equalizer. It came in the 51st minute when Sara Oland gathered a deflected shot and put it in the back of the net for her third goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.
    Just over 15 minutes later, Kennesaw State was on the attack when the Eagles committed a foul in the penalty box, giving the Owls a penalty kick. Gardarsdottir pushed the ball past Georgia Southern goalkeeper Katie Merson for her second goal of the game and the game-winner in the 67th minute.
    Merson made six saves during the match, as the Owls out-shot the Eagles 16-8. Georgia Southern put five shots on goal, including two off the foot of Oland, forcing Staci Pugh to make four saves for the Owls.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Statesboro Herald sports desk at (912) 489-9408.

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