UNCG (12-5-4) at Georgetown (11-6-1)
North Kehoe Field • Washington, DC
NCAA Men's Soccer Championship (first round)
Nov. 18, 2010 • 1 p.m.
• Georgetown is making its third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1997. The Hoyas had won nine straight prior to a regular season ending loss to Notre Dame and a Big East quarterfinal round match against Providence.
• UNCG is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and 10th since joining Division I 20 seasons ago. The Spartans have advanced to the NCAA Championship's round of 16 each of the last four appearances. As a member of Division III, the Spartans won five national titles - 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987.
UNCG is 7-8-2 in the NCAA Tournament since joining Division I. However, they are 5-2-2 in their last three appearances.
NCAA Tournament Appearances (19)
2008 (3rd Round)
2006 (3rd Round)
2005 (3rd Round)
2004 (3rd Round)
1998 (2nd Round)
1996 (1st Round)
1995 (1st Round)
1994 (1st Round)
1993 (1st Round)
1987 (Finals - Nat'l Champions)
1986 (Finals - Nat'l Champions)
1985 (Finals - Nat'l Champions)
1983 (Finals - Nat'l Champions)
1982 (Finals - Nat'l Champions)
• The Spartans earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning the Southern Conference tournament, defeating Georgia Southern in overtime, 2-1, Appalachian State in overtime, 1-0, and Furman, 1-0. The Spartans were the No. 1 seed in the tournament after sharing the regular season title with Furman and College of Charleston.
• UNCG is unbeaten in its last 11 matches, going 8-0-3 in the span. The Spartans have not lost since October 2 when they dropped a 1-0 overtime decision at home against backyard-rival Elon. UNCG had an eight-day layoff after that game and has ahas turned it around ever since, scoring 25 goals in the 11 matches and surrendering just eight.
The streak is tied for the seventh-longest unbeaten run in school history and the longest since the 2004 season when UNCG began the season unbeaten in 17 straight matches (16-0-1) on its way to a No. 1 national ranking.
• Hakan Ilhan scored all four goals for UNCG in the conference tournament and has been the big spark for the Spartans down the stretch. He has at least one point in eight consecutive matches, scoring 19 points on eight goals and three assists during that time.
Ilhan has 31 points this season, the most since Randi Patterson logged 44 in 2005. He leads the SoCon in points and goals (12). His seven assists rank second in the league behind College of Charleston's Sean DeSilva. At 1.55 points per game, Ilhan also ranked No. 21 in the nation entering the tournament. His 31 points makes him tied for eighth in all of Division I. (Michigan's Soony Saad leads with 40).
• UNCG put a total of five student-athletes on the Southern Conference's all-conference squads. Hakan Ilhan and Kris Byrd earned first-team honors, while Brian Graham, Fannar Arnarsson and Aaron Reifschneider earned second-team slots. UNCG's five honorees were the most among the eight league schools. Graham, Reifschneider, Arnarsson and Adam Shore also earned all-freshman honors from the league's coaches.
• It has been quite a year for Justin Maullin. UNCG's assistant coach for the last five seasons, Maullin took over as interim head coach on Jan. 8. Only nine players returned from last year's roster, so Maullin spent the off-season retooling for his first season as a head coach. A total of 18 players are on the roster that were not with the Spartans a year ago - seven of those started on opening night. All five all-conference honorees are among the newcomers.
Clearly he did something right as he won the school's fifth SoCon Tournament title and grabbed a share of their sixth regular season SoCon crown in 14 seasons of play. Maullin was named the conference's Coach of the Year for his efforts and became the first rookie head coach to win the conference tournament in the 22-year history of the event.