LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. ---- A 67th minute goal from senior Angel Gonzalez was enough to lead the No. 3 Auburn Montgomery men's soccer team to a tight 1-0 victory over Georgia Gwinnett.
The Grizzlies entered the match with a 7-1-1 record in their inaugural season, and the match was close throughout. The Warhawks were able to prevail, however, picking up their seventh shutout of the season after a tough loss earlier in the week at Mobile.
"Georgia Gwinnett is not your average first-year program," Head Coach Wulf Koch said. "They are very experienced and very well-coached. They gave us everything we could handle, but we were able to pull through."
Georgia Gwinnett held an 11-9 edge in shots for the game, though AUM increased the pressure in the second half, leading to an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks after the intermission.
This would eventually lead to the only goal of the game. Axel Vignisson made a cross from the left side of the pitch to Gonzalez, and he was able to finish past Grizzly goalkeeper Greg Hartley for his second goal of the season.
The assist was Vignisson's fifth of the season, and he now leads the team in that category.
Vignir Johannesson made six saves in the victory, several of which were from point-blank range. The shutout was his 10th as a Warhawk, and he has now recorded a shutout in five of his last seven starts.
AUM improved to 9-2-1 with the win. The match was the last non-conference tilt of the regular season for the Warhawks.
The team returns to conference play on Thursday with a road game against Lee. The match begins at 3 p.m.