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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Georgia Gwinnett College men’s soccer team couldn’t hold onto a late first-half lead before losing 4-3 in a back-and-forth NAIA top-15 matchup against William Carey University (Mississippi) on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 11 Grizzlies (7-4-1) took a 2-1 lead in the 35th minute on the first goal of the season from sophomore Aaron Hafner. The team’s first goal of the match came on an unassisted tally from junior Karim Tmimi in the 15th minute.

However, the No. 13-ranked Crusaders (10-2) scored a pair of goals in each half. They took an early 1-0 lead in the opening four minutes and then tied the match with 13 seconds remaining in the first half.

The hosts took a 3-2 lead on a goal from Silvio Xavier in the 60th minute. Six minutes later Djordje Djukovic found the back of the net to stretch the advantage to 4-2.

The Grizzlies would get within one goal, 4-3, in the 83rd minute on a goal from junior Thomas Herwig but couldn’t get the tying tally before conclusion of the match.

Hafner led GGC’s offensive attack with a goal and an assist. The team outshot William Carey by a 14-12 margin, while the Crusaders held an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.

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