+ The Spartans begin Southern Conference Championship action on Saturday night when they host eighth-seeded Georgia Southern. UNCG won the first meeting between the two, 6-1, in Statesboro back on October 10. That win began UNCG's current eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3).
+ Georgia Southern hasn't won since Sept. 19 (a 4-0 win at home against Winthrop) and is 0-8-2 since then. The two ties came at Clemson and at Davidson – both 1-1 scores. The Eagles have only scored four goals in their last seven matches.
+ The Spartans hold a 22-8-1 mark all-time in Southern Conference Championship play. That is the second-best mark in conference history (.726) behind Furman. UNCG is making its 13th tournament appearance, with the Spartans making it to the semifinals 11 times in 12 previous trips. Georgia Southern is making its 17th appearance in the tournament with seven prior semifinal trips. The Eagles are 10-14-3 all-time in tournament play.
+ UNCG and Georgia Southern last met in the conference tournament in the 2008 semifinals. That match ended in a scoreless tie on a rainy, foggy night at Davidson's Alumni Stadium. The Spartans advanced in penalty kicks, 3-2. UNCG also beat Georgia Southern in 2006 (finals), 2005 (quarterfinals), 2003 (quarterfinals), 2001 (semifinals) and 1997 (semifinals) for a 5-0-1 mark against the Eagles in the postseason.
+ Georgia Southern is led by Jon Cox, who has tallied 10 points on the year (4g, 2a). Cox, however, will miss Saturday's match after getting a red card in GSU's regular season finale against Elon. The Eagles have used four different goalkeeper this season. Ryan Platt has seen the most time with 11 starts and nearly 990 minutes played. He has a 1.55 GAA and 52 saves. Neal Bates played most of the match, allowing four goals in just under 89 minutes of action.
+ UNCG has been an offensive juggernaut lately. UNCG has 32 goals in 18 matches this season – 18 of those coming in the last eight matches. Since an eight-day layoff that coach Justin Maullin thought was very important for his team to get its legs back, the Spartans have outscored their opposition, 19-7 in those eight matches, going 5-0-3 in that span.
+ Sophomore Hakan Ilhan leads the Spartans – and the Southern Conference – in scoring with 23 points (8g, 7a). He is the first Spartan to surpass the 20-point mark since Thomas Campbell's 29 points in 2007. Freshman Brian Graham is second with 15 points on the year (6g, 3a). Sophomore Peyton Ford is UNCG's goalkeeper, logging a 1.16 GAA and .735 save percentage in 1701 minutes of action. In the eight-game unbeaten streak, Ford has a 0.82 GAA and an .800 save percentage.