UNCG wraps up regular season; defeats College of Charleston, 2-1
CHARLESTON, SC – The UNC Greensboro Spartans defeated College of Charleston, 2-1, to finish the regular season undefeated in the Southern Conference. The Spartans improve to 9-0-1 in conference play and 10-7-2 overall.
College of Charleston (8-8-2, 6-4-0) got on the board first late in the opening stanza. At the 42:04 mark, Brittany Schneider sent a cross to Teryn Schuetz into the penalty area. Schuetz shot the ball past Spartan keeper Katherine Ryan to give the Cougars the one goal advantage going into the break.
UNCG got the equalizer in the 55th minute from senior Emilie Stewart. Stewart received a pass from freshman Jen Bronson in the box and sent it past the Cougar keeper for her first goal of the season. The Spartans grabbed the lead in the 67th minute after a Cougar foul allowed for a Spartan free kick. Senior Shannon Donovan took the free kick for UNCG and blasted it into to box right to the head of junior Karla Davis. Davis netted the header for the 2-1 game-winning goal and her second goal of the year.
The Spartan defense reigned supreme in the second half, only allowing the Cougars one shot. UNCG finished the match with a 19-5 shot advantage and an 8-4 corner kick advantage. Ryan recorded three saves in the Spartan victory.
UNCG, which clinched the SoCon regular season title, will now host the first round of the conference tournament on Tuesday at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Spartans will face Elon in the opening round. The Phoenix tied Western Carolina, 0-0, on Sunday, while Wofford played Appalachian State to a 1-1 tie to put the teams in a deadheat for the eighth position in the standings at 11 points. However, Elon beat Wofford earlier this season, so the Phoenix gain the final tournament spot.
Kickoff on Tuesday is slated for 7 pm.
Goals by period 1
UNC Greensboro...... 0 2 - 2
Coll of Charleston.. 1 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: COFC Schuetz (Schneider), 42:04; UNCG Stewart (Bronson), 54:37; UNCG Davis (Donovan), 66:17. Shots: UNC Greensboro 19, Coll of Charleston 5. Saves: UNC Greensboro 3 (Ryan 3), Coll of Charleston 6 (Smith 6). Corner Kicks: UNC Greensboro 8, Coll of Charleston 4. Fouls: UNC Greensboro 8, Coll of Charleston 10.
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