Gulledge's goal leads UNCG past Charlotte, 2-1
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Jessi Gulledge's first career goal proved to be the game-winner as UNCG topped Charlotte on Friday, 2-1.
With the scored tied at 1 early in the second half, UNCG's Cat Barnekow rocketed a shot off the left post. Gulledge was there to pounce on the rebound, putting it away past Charlotte keeper Alex Kubrick – Gulledge's high school teammate at nearby Ragsdale High – in the 56th minute.
"Coming off a disappointing weekend, we wanted it really bad this weekend," Gulledge said. "Coming off the bench, I had to be focused and in the game at all times. There was a shot from the left side and I just followed it up and was hoping to get on the end of it to finish it off. And I did."
UNCG's defense did the rest, keeping a clean slate the rest of the way as the Spartans improved to 4-1-1 on the season.
Charlotte falls to 3-2-0 with the loss.
|Coach Eddie Radwanski speaks with the media after the win.|
Sophomore Lauren Hein got the scoring started, finishing in the 11th minute to give the Spartans an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Kristen Schmidbauer got the play started with a cross from the right wing, and Jaimey Etten touched it back to Hein. Hein stepped up and buried the shot from 20 yards out for her second goal of the season.
The 49ers answered in the 34th minute, taking advantage of a UNCG defensive miscue to pull level. After a failed Spartan clear, Sam Huecker headed the ball forward to a streaking Whitney Weinraub. UNCG keeper Kelsey Kearney was caught in no man's land, and Weinraub poked it past a drawn-out, charging Kearney.
"The effort was tremendous," UNCG coach Eddie Radwanski said. "The fact that we got out of the gate and we took the lead, we were kind of in control of the game. We made a mistake and they were able to even it up. But the sign of a good team is we were able to come back and get another goal and finish the game. When you have good games like this, sometimes you have to battle and dig down, and the girls showed great perseverance and character to get the win."
Charlotte had nearly gotten on the board in just the sixth minute, as Megan Minnix got a head on Huecker's corner kick and put it on frame. A UNCG defender was there to clear the ball, however, keeping the game scoreless.
The 49ers outshot the Spartans 13-7 in the contest, and corner kicks were even at four apiece.
Kearney made six saves to pick up the win in goal, while Kubrick made one save and took the loss.
The win continues one of the best starts in school history for UNCG, which is now one of just five squads in school history to have just one loss through its first six contests. The last team to do that was the 1997 edition, which opened the season 7-1 en route to a school-record 19 wins.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, Sept. 19, when they host Old Dominion in their final nonconference game of the season. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at UNCG Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
UNCG 2, Charlotte 1
Goals by period 1
Charlotte........... 1 0 - 1
UNCG................ 1 1 - 2
1. 10:11 UNCG Lauren Hein (2) (Kristen Schmidbauer;Jaimey Etten)
2. 33:16 CHA WEINRAUB, Whitney (1) (HUECKER, Sam)
3. 55:49 UNCG Jessi Gulledge (1) (Cat Barnekow)
Shots: Charlotte 13, UNCG 7
Saves: Charlotte 1 (KUBRICK, Alex 1), UNCG 7 (Kelsey Kearney 6; TEAM 1)
Corner kicks: Charlotte, 4 UNCG 4
Fouls: Charlotte 12, UNCG 16
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