September 22, 2012
Men's Soccer Falls At No. 17 Coastal Carolina, 2-1
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CONWAY, S.C. – Playing its third ranked team in the last four games, the UNCG men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to No. 17 Coastal Carolina Saturday night at the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field. The contest was the Spartans' final tune-up before Southern Conference action begins Tuesday night at Davidson.
Coastal Carolina (6-1-2) scored the game's first goal just before halftime, finding the back of the net in the 40th
minute of action. Pedro Ribeiro ripped a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that fifth-year senior goalkeeper Peyton Ford
(Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) made a diving save on, but the rebound came back out in front of the goal where Tevin Skyers was able to head it in from 5-yards out for the early 1-0 lead.
Ribeiro and Skyers hook up again in the 65th minute of action to give the Chanticleers a 2-0 lead. Ribeiro sent a pass into the box where it found Skyers who ripped a shot to the far post from seven yards out past Ford for his second goal of the game and the season.
UNCG (2-4-2) showed its fight as it responded back just 1:37 late as the Spartans trimmed the lead to 2-1. Senior Jonathan Leonard
(Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) found Jake Fields
(Newtown, Pa./Villanova) in some space inside the box and Fields beat Federico Bertele with a shot out in front of the goal for his first tally of the season and his first of his UNCG career.
The Spartans turned up the heat on Coastal Carolina down the stretch as they battled for the game-tying goal. UNCG had two quality chances within two minutes of each other as freshman Noah Deangelo (Burlington, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) had a shot go just wide in the 79th
minute and sophomore David Reittinger
(Greensboro, N.C./Northwest) notched a shot in the 81st
minute that Bertele was able to make a diving save to keep the Chanticleers in the lead.
Ford finished the game with three saves for the Spartans who were out-shot 14-10 in the loss but held a 7-6 advantage in the second half. Bertele notched two saves in the victory for the Chanticleers.
The Spartans open Southern Conference play Tuesday evening as they conclude their three-game road stretch travelling to Davidson for a 7 p.m. start.
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