Women’s Soccer solid in weekend matches

Women's Soccer vs Mercer and Citadel

By Terrence Hinds, Staff Writer

Published in print Oct. 1, 2014

Following last weekends’ great play at home against High Point and James Madison, UNCGs women’s soccer team traveled to Macon, GA and to Charleston, SC to face off against Mercer and The Citadel over the weekend. 

In two matches, the team finished their weekend games by pulling out a gutsy draw and a dominating win to improve to 5-4-3 on the year.

With the run of success the Blue and Gold have had these past two weeks, it looks as if the players seem to be finding their stride within new head coach Michael Coll’s system.

Game 1: UNCG vs. Mercer

Mercer came out focused and ready to attack the Spartans.

Two minutes into the game, the Mercer Bears were already on the scoreboard taking a 1-0 lead off a free kick from Sarah Daane after the Spartans committed a foul just outside of their box.

The Bears kept the pressure up the entire first period. They controlled most of the time of possession and were able to out shoot UNCG 12 to 2 in the half.

If it was not for redshirt freshman Chloe Buehler, the Blue and Gold may have fallen into a deeper hole. Buehler had a couple of game-saving blocks in the first half and finished the period with a total of six saves.

As we have seen at times throughout the year, following an average first half, Spartans started the second half with a renewed sense of purpose.

The Spartans had nine shots compared to only four shots for the Bears in the second half. This energy helped propel UNCG to score a late goal from junior Candice Forbes.

She scored the equalizer in the 85th minute which forced the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, Mercer had a chance when Washida Blackman weaseled her way into the box and fired a shot but Buehler was able to make the game-preserving save for the team.

In the second overtime, Forbes had one last chance in the closing seconds but her attempt went wide of the net. The game ended in a draw which under the circumstances was a pretty favorable outcome for the UNCG.

Game 2: UNCG vs. The Citadel

After another slow start to begin the game, the Blue and Gold were able to defeat The Citadel in pretty convincing fashion.

Last Sunday, playing in light rain for most of the game, the Spartans put together one of their best second half’s of the entire season scoring four goals in the last 45 minutes of the contest.

The Bulldogs took the early lead when in the 11th minute Kim Maldonado scored off a corner kick to put them in front. Only allowing one goal for the game, junior goalie Kirsten Glad had a strong match for the Blue and Gold as she posted a season high 10 saves in the match.

Similar to their contest on Friday, UNCG, after a rough first half came back in the second half to overwhelm their opponent.

The first of four goals in the half, the Spartans tied the game in the 57th minute off a rebound finish from junior Katherine Rodriguez.

Less than two minutes later, White scored her team leading eighth goal of the season off a cross from senior captain Ashley Stokes.

The scoring would not stop even after the Blue and Gold took the lead. In the 71st minute, Rodriguez broke through the Citadel defense and was able to get a one on one with the goalkeeper where she successfully nailed her second goal of the game. In the 76th minute White scored her second goal of the game off a corner kick from Rodriguez.

With a spectacle second half, the team will look to carry the momentum into their next game which will be on Sunday at Lexington, Virginia to take on VMI.

Categories: madison wyker, Sports, terrence hinds

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