Spartans fall to third-ranked Stanford, 2-0
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The UNC Greensboro women's soccer team gave up two first half goals to third-ranked Stanford in the first half and could not recover, dropping their final match of the Stanford/Nike Invitational, 2-0, this afternoon.
Stanford picked up their first goal of the game in the 11th minute of play when Christen Press received a ball from Camille Levin, before taking on Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Kearney one-on-one and finishing the ball into the back of the net. The Spartans came back just a minute later, but a shot by Katie Evans was saved by Stanford keeper Kira Maker.
UNCG had three chances in front of the net in the 19th and 20th minute of play. Kristin Player sent the Spartans' only corner kick of the game into the box, but a shot from Jenn Partenheimer went wide of the net. Nicole Danford took her first and only shot of the game a minute later, but her effort was denied by Maker.
The Cardinal added to their total in the 41st minute of play as Kristin Stannard curled her shot through traffic deep in the Spartans' defensive end, finding the netting on the left side of the goal.
The score would remain that way until the final whistle, thanks to some excellent defending and goalkeeping from the Spartans. Jamie Corti and Lauren Lopez each totaled 90 minutes on the pitch for UNCG in front of Kearney to turn away a total of 19 second half shots from Stanford. Despite giving up the two first half goals, Kearney came away from the game with a total of 10 saves, eight of which were made in the second half.
Two second half shot attempts from Katelynn Donovan and Partenheimer found their way wide of the net for the Spartans. Partenheimer led all UNCG shooters with her two shots on the afternoon, while Evans and Danford managed the only two shots on goal for the Spartans.
UNCG will return to Greensboro for the week before traveling to Winston Salem to face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest on Friday. Last season the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie. Game time is set for 7 pm.
1 2 T
UNCG 0 0 0
Stanford 2 0 2
Scoring Summary: Stanford – Christen Press (Camille Levin) 10:18, Stanford – Kristin Stannard (Shira Averbuch) 40:22; Shots: UNCG 5, Stanford 26; Saves: UNCG 10 (Kearney 10), Stanford 2 (Maker 2); Corner Kicks: UNCG 1, Stanford 12; Fouls UNCG 6, Stanford 7.
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