No. 20 UNCG heads down to Wofford on Friday
No. 20 UNCG (11-1-1, 6-0-0 SoCon) at Wofford (5-4-4, 0-2-4 SoCon), Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Spartanburg, S.C.
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- The 20th-ranked UNCG Spartans kick off a stretch of four road games in their last five regular-season matches Friday when they take on Wofford College in a Southern Conference battle in Spartanburg, S.C.
- At 11-1-1, UNCG is off to the best start in the program's 23-year history. The 1991 squad previously held that distinction, opening 9-1-0 before dropping its next game.
- The Spartans have won eight straight games, the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation. UNCG's last eight-game winning streak came in 2008, when the Spartans won 10 straight from Oct. 3, 2008 through Nov. 2, 2008.
Active winning streaks (all teams play again Friday
unless otherwise noted)
Hofstra – 12
Siena – 12
Stanford – 10
Notre Dame – 9
Dayton – 9
UC Irvine – 9
UNCG – 8
Creighton – 8 (plays Thursday night)
- UNCG is ranked for the fourth week this season. The Spartans are No. 20 in the Soccer America poll, moving up one spot from last week, and are No. 22 in the NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com poll, up two from last week. UNCG was 18th in Soccer America on Aug. 30, tied for 25th on Sept. 27 and 21st on Oct. 4. UNCG was 24th in the NSCAA poll last week, making its first appearance in the poll since Dec. 11, 1997.
- UNCG is 16-0-0 against the Terriers all-time in a series that began in 1997, UNCG's first season in the SoCon. The teams have met 13 times in the regular season and faced each other in the SoCon tournament in 1997, 1998 and 2003. The Spartans have outscored Wofford 44-4 in the series, with three of the Terriers' goals coming in the inaugural meeting in 1997, a 4-3 UNCG win. Wofford's other goal came the following season, when UNCG won 3-1 in the regular-season meeting. Since that game on Oct. 30, 1998, the Spartans have shut out the Terriers 13 straight times, meaning Wofford has not scored on UNCG in nearly 12 years. Or, put another way, the Terriers have not found the back of the net against UNCG in the last 1,194 minutes, 29 seconds of game time.
- Kearney enters play Friday needing one more shutout to set a new school record for career shutouts. By blanking The Citadel on Oct. 8, Kearney matched the UNCG record of 25, which she now shares with Jennifer Stillman (2002-05). Kearney is tied for fourth in SoCon history in career shutouts.
- UNCG downed College of Charleston on Sunday, 2-1. Jaimey Etten scored on a beautiful strike from 22 yards out in the 17th minute, with Lauren Hein assisting on the play. Padgett scored what would end up being the game-winner in the 49th minute, as Cat Barnekow and Jenn Partenheimer earned assists.
- Padgett , the reigning Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leads UNCG with 19 points on seven goals and a career-high five assists this season, matching her point total from her impressive rookie year. Kristen Schmidbauer, who had two goals and an assist in the win over The Citadel, is second with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Barnekow and Partenheimer are tied for third with 11 points each. Barnekow has two goals and a SoCon-best seven assists, while Partenheimer has a career-best five goals and an assist. Kearney has played all but 40 minutes in goal this season, posting a goals against average of 0.63 and a save percentage of .840 in 1,150:13. She has turned in six shutouts and allowed just eight goals in 13 games.
- UNCG leads the SoCon in several categories: points per game (7.38), goals per game (2.31), goals (30) assists (36), assists per game (2.77), corner kicks per game (5.85), goals allowed (nine) and GAA (0.68). Barnekow leads the league in assists (seven) and assists per game (0.54), while Padgett leads in game-winning goals (four). Kearney leads the SoCon in GAA (0.63) and is second in save percentage (.840), shutouts (six) and shutouts per game (0. 46).
- Kearney is UNCG's and the SoCon's career leader in GAA, as she holds a mark of 0.64 in 51 matches played.
- Of UNCG's 30 goals scored thus far this season, 21 of them have come from underclassmen. Sophomores Padgett (seven), Hein (three), and Jessi Gulledge (three) account for 13, while freshmen Schmidbauer (five), Stine Schoening (one), Kory Spotts (one) and Lauren Lover (one) account for the other eight. Partenheimer, a senior, has scored five, while juniors Barnekow (two) and Jaimey Etten (two) have the only other goals by upperclassmen.
- Wofford is still looking for its first SoCon win of the season, as the Terriers are off to a 0-2-4 start to the league slate. Wofford has lost to Samford and Georgia Southern and has played to draws with Davidson, Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Chattanooga. All four of the Terriers' draws have come in the last five games, with two of them scoreless affairs.
- In its last contest, Wofford played to a 2-2 draw with Chattanooga on Sunday, with freshman Emily Bougas scoring both goals for the Terriers. The Lady Mocs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 19:40 of play, but Bougas answered Chattanooga's second strike just 36 seconds later off a Nikki Siebert pass to quickly get Wofford back in it. Bougas notched her second goal of the game in the 53rd minute, scoring an unassisted goal to knot the game at 2. The Terriers got off a combined six shots in the two overtime periods, forcing three Chattanooga saves, but could not get the go-ahead goal. Starting keeper Kimberly Cohn was pulled in the 31st minute after allowing both UTC goals. Katie McChesney played the final 80 minutes, making a pair of saves and not allowing a goal.
- Bougas is the Terriers' leading scorer with 13 points on six goals and an assist this year. Siebert is just behind her with 12 points on three goals and a team-best six assists. Wofford employs a keeper-by-committee approach, as all three keepers on the roster have at least three starts. McChesney started the first three matches of the season before giving way to Erika Christensen, who started the next three. McChesney got the next two starts before Cohn took over, starting Wofford's last five matches. Cohn has fared well, posting a 0.81 GAA, .808 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. Christensen is 3-1-0 with a 1.41 GAA and a shutout, while McChesney has a 2.08 GAA and a shutout.
- Wofford leads the league in shots per game with 17.08 and is third in goals per game (2.08), assists (20) and assists per game (1.54) and fourth in points per game (5.69) and goals (27). The Terriers are also tied for second in shutouts with six. Siebert is second in the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.46) behind Barnekow, while Cohn is second in GAA behind Kearney at 0.81.
- The Terriers are 3-1-2 at home, while UNCG is 4-1-1 away from home and 3-1-0 in true road matches. The Spartans' lone loss on the road and on the season came on Sept. 5 at Cal State Fullerton.
- Wofford's opponents have a combined record of 49-93-17 this season. UNCG's opponents sport a combined record of 80-88-11.
- UNCG will be the first ranked team Wofford has faced this season.
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