By Daniel Johnson, Staff Writer
Published in print Oct. 29, 2014
The Women’s Soccer team finished off their regular season this past weekend with two home matches Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Each game provided a look at the Spartans in their best moments as well as the team’s worst.
On Friday, against last year’s Southern Conference champions and currently the conference’s second ranked team, Furman, UNCG was utterly dominated 4-1. However, the team was able to bounce back and finish the year off with a victory over Wofford 2-1 as the team earned a victory for their seniors to end the regular season.
Game 1: UNCG vs. Furman
If you were like me and this was the first UNCG soccer game you attended, this would be as bad a first impression as you could have. On a cold autumn night, the Paladins showed why they were the defending conference champions. Furman’s offense was relentless, scoring two goals in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Spartans’ Head Coach. Michael Coll, after the game discussed what was spoken at halftime as his team trailed.
“We talked about being more direct with our long balls in our attack, as well as being quicker to dribble into the 18 yard mark to take quicker shots.”
Despite the talk, the second period saw Furman again score two goals to solidify the victory. Two of those goals was scored by Stephanie DeVita, who leads her team with 11 goals this season. To make matters worse, two UNCG players, Georgia Brown and Candice Forbes both left the game with injuries. While Georgia was able to return, Candice did not play the rest of the game. With the injuries, Michael Coll spoke after the game about the injuries.
“Georgia is a fighter. It’s not serious, just a couple knocks” Coll said. “She will be back and most people will not realize she was hurt before.”
His comments about the Candice Forbes’ injury were more ambiguous due to the injury occuring late in the game.
“We do not know yet. We kept her off because she got tackled hard” Coll said. “We will not know until later tonight (Friday).”
Coach Coll talked about what he took away from both teams.
“Furman was definitely the best team. They are very mature and the best team we have played” Coll said. “Ourselves, we matched them well for the fact we have a lot of freshmen and young players who have not had a lot of experience before this game”.
Game 2: UNCG vs. Wofford
For the last game of the season, the Spartans recovered from their defeat against Furman with a victory over the Wofford Terriers 2-1. The team can take two notes from the victory. First, both Georgia Brown and Candice Forbes played a good number of minutes in the game (Brown with 69, and Forbes with 43). Also, something slightly less positive than the return of the players, the Spartans and Terriers were almost equal in every category, except fouls. The Blue and Gold committed 14 fouls compared to Wofford’s 3, which certainly must be addressed as the team heads to the postseason. Sunday’s game also included a yellow card given to defender Nicole Epstein.
For the season, the Spartans ended the campaign with a 9-7-3 record, with a 5-3-1 in the SoCon, which was good enough to finished fifth in the SoCon. Heading into the conference tournament to end the season, Coach Coll confidently believes his team can make noise in the postseason.
“We are really challenged by all the injuries, as well as a couple of starters who got sick before the game and never got on the field” Coll said “The players on the field are doing well so we are confident going into the tournament”.
Next Saturday, UNCG will “kick” off their SoCon Tournament schedule with their Quarterfinal game against ETSU Saturday at 5p.m. which can be seen on the SoCon Digital Network