UNCG (4-1-1) vs. Old Dominion (2-2-1), Sept. 19, 2 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium
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- After an eight-day layoff, UNCG's women's soccer team returns to action Sunday when it hosts Old Dominion at 2 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
- Sunday's contest is UNCG's first afternoon home game of the season.
- UNCG and Old Dominion are knocking the dust off an old rivalry Sunday. The squads have met seven times, with the Spartans holding a slim 4-3 edge in the series, but they haven't played each other since 2005. The teams met each year from 1999-2005, with the Lady Monarchs winning the first two games before UNCG rattled off four straight. ODU won the final game between the two teams, 2-1 in double overtime in 2005 in Greensboro.
- ODU was UNCG's season-opening opponent in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
|UNCG coach Eddie Radwanski discusses Sunday's opponent, ODU.|
- UNCG is off to one of the best starts in school history. At 4-1-1, the Spartans have just one loss through their first six games for just the fifth time in school history. The last UNCG team to have just one loss through six contests was the 1997 squad, which opened the season 7-1 and went on to set a school record with 19 wins on the season.
- UNCG was undefeated through its first four games for the first time ever.
- Last time out, the Spartans topped Charlotte 2-1 on Sept. 10, with sophomore Jessi Gulledge netting her first career goal for the game-winner. With the score tied at 1 early in the second half, UNCG's Cat Barnekow took a shot that smacked off the left post. Gulledge pounced on the rebound and knocked it home, putting UNCG ahead to stay. Earlier in the match, sophomore Lauren Hein scored her second goal of the season to give UNCG an early 1-0 lead. Kristen Schmidbauer and Jamiey Etten picked up assists on that play.
- After opening the season with wins over East Carolina, then-No. 10 Wake Forest and Utah, the Spartans jumped into the Soccer America Top 25 at No. 18 on Aug. 30, good for their first national ranking since being No. 13 in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll in 1998. UNCG fell from the rankings after going 0-1-1 at the Under Armour Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., but is still receiving votes in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls.
- Hein leads UNCG with five points on two goals and an assist on the season, while classmate Tabitha Padgett is second on the team with four points on two goals, both game-winners. Keeper Kelsey Kearney has played all 560 minutes in goal, posting a goals against average of 0.64 and a save percentage of .862. She has turned in three shutouts and allowed just four goals in six games.
- With her three shutouts this season, Kearney is now up to 22 in her career, good for second on UNCG's career list. Kearney, a junior, now trails school-record holder Jennifer Stillman by three. Kearney is also UNCG's career leader in GAA, as she holds a mark of 0.64 in 44 matches played.
- Of UNCG's seven goals scored thus far this season, six of them have come from underclassmen. Sophomores Hein and Padgett have two each, while sophomore Gulledge has one and freshman Kory Spotts has one. The lone upperclassman to score a goal is senior Jenn Partenheimer, who scored the game-winner at then-No. 10 Wake Forest on Aug. 23.
- Old Dominion is off to a 2-2-1 start to the season, with wins over VMI (4-1) and Radford (2-1 in overtime). The Lady Monarchs opened their season with a scoreless draw against Syracuse, and dropped a heartbreaker to East Carolina, 3-2. After ODU scored in the 87th minute to tie the game at 2, ECU – which fell 2-0 to UNCG to open the season – scored the game-winner in the 89th minute, with the shot going off the hands of Lady Monarch keeper Brianna Alvarado.
- The Lady Monarchs fell to NC State on Friday, 1-0. ODU outshot the Wolfpack 17-13, but NC State made a 22nd-minute goal stand. Jocelyn Weidner and Kelsey Williams led ODU with three shots each. Alvarado made four saves and allowed one goal in the loss.
- Weidner leads the Lady Monarchs in scoring with five points on two goals and an assist, all of which came in the 4-1 win over VMI on Aug. 22. Kristin Walker and Amber Cook are tied for second in scoring with four points on two goals each. Alvarado has played every minute in goal for ODU this season, and boasts a 1.14 GAA. She has made 13 saves and posted one shutout in five contests.
- ODU is 2-0-0 on the road so far this season, winning at VMI and Radford. UNCG is 2-0-0 at home with wins over ECU and Charlotte.
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