Women's Soccer Falls to Santa Clara, 4-2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The UNCG women's soccer team scored two second half goals but fell to WAC favorite Santa Clara 4-2 Friday night at the Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
"We felt like If we can get this game to a 45 minute contest, anything can happen," said head coach Steve Nugent. "We just gave up some untimely goals, very uncharacteristic of our team. I am real proud of our group for coming back in the second half."
In the first half, the Spartans fell behind early after Dani Weatherholt collected a ball outside the box and blasted a low liner into the back of the net.
UNCG (3-4) came out with a different look defensively putting five back on defense to defuse the offensive attack of Santa Clara. The Blue and Gold held the Broncos to just four shots on goal in the first half.
Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook HS) kept the match close with three first half saves.
In the 58th minute, UNCG climbed back as junior defender Lauren Lover (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) raced down the left side and placed a perfect cross to the center of the box when freshman Chesney White (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) tapped in her team-leading third goal of the season.
"Give Lover tremendous credit to make that big run and for Chesney to time her run to tap home the goal," said Nugent. "That put the game at 2-1 and at that point anything can happen."
The Broncos regained a two goal lead just four minutes later as Brooke Rice scored an unassisted goal to make it 3-1 Santa Clara.
Huerta added her second goal of the game after firing home a score from inside the box to give the Broncos a 4-1 advantage.
The Spartans would not go away adding a nice goal off a free kick from senior Cat Barnekow (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa) who bended a ball into the back of the net from just outside the box.
Simmons finished with six saves in net for the Blue and Gold.
UNCG plays its final non-conference game against No. 3 Stanford Sunday at 2 p.m. EST at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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