In rain-soaked weekend, Spartans lose, tie, and win

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Women’s Soccer: UNCG 0-0 Furman

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Men’s Soccer: UNCG 0-2 Furman

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Volleyball: UNCG 3 sets to Western’s 0

Kenny Mann
  Staff Writer

This past weekend brought some nasty weather, which caused some problems for UNC- Greensboro teams to get events. Hurricane Joaquin caused all sorts of unpleasant rain and wind that forced a couple of events to be cancelled.

Due to the nasty weather, the final two rounds of the Women’s golf tournament at Forest Oaks Country Club were rained out. The women’s soccer team also had a game scheduled at Wofford, which was unfortunately rained out. Still, with all the weather issues, a few UNCG sports were able to still get into some of the action this weekend.

The Men’s soccer team travelled to Greenville, South Carolina to take on conference foe the Furman Paladins on Friday. With the contest, the Spartans unfortunately fell to the Paladins 2-0; suffering their first conference loss of the year.

In the game Friday evening, UNCG was presented with an opportunity to score in the 22th minute when senior Jacques Francois forced a turnover. Furman goalkeeper Sven Lissek was the only thing standing in the way from his third goal of the year. Francois got by the keeper and had a chance to put it away but was fouled by Lissek, forcing a penalty kick. Francois couldn’t quite put the penalty kick away as Lissek came up with a big save to keep it scoreless. This was the team’s best chance to score in the first half.

The weather presented more problems in the second half as the rain fell harder. Furman took the first lead of the game in the 82nd minute when it was given a chance off of an unlucky bounce against UNCG.

After falling behind late, the Spartans were forced to play more aggressively, and the Paladins took advantage of it. With a late push in the 87th minute, the Paladins found the back of the net again off a cross from Kevin Pahl to Lewis Hawke to give Furman the 2-0 lead, sealing the win. The loss puts the Spartans in a four way tie for second in the beginning of conference play.

Women’s soccer was also in action when they also travelled to Greenville to play against Furman. Both teams entered Friday’s game with a 1-1 record in the Southern Conference.

In the contest, the Spartans fought hard, and forced a 0-0 tie with the Paladins. In the first half, the Spartans dominated in possession, taking five corner kicks while the Paladins didn’t attempt one.

Goalkeeper Chloe Buehler , a redshirt sophomore, stood out in this conference matchup. Buehler recorded five saves in regulation, which were the only shots Furman were able to get on goal. The Paladins were unable to put a shot on a goal for both overtime periods. Junior defender, Georgia Brown, took a game high six shots, while Katelyn Mountjoy was able to fire two shots on goal.

The Spartans are currently sitting at 1-1-1 in Southern Conference play, and 3-7-3 overall. They are tied in the conference with both Furman and Wofford.

To finish off the weekend, the volleyball team took on the Catamounts of Western Carolina in the Fleming Gym on Saturday. Like most of the season, the team was a bright spot following two games without a win and a weekend of ugly weather.

Finally put an end to their six match losing skid following two straight defeats, UNCG swept the Catamounts with scores of 25-18, 25-12 and 25-19. This match was the Spartans first home game in seven matches. The win put UNCG at 11-8 overall and 1-3 within the Southern Conference.

The Spartans looked absolutely dominant in this match. UNCG recorded 49 kills in the match on 119 swings while only committing 13 errors, and recording a .303 hitting percentage. The Spartans also limited Western Carolina to just a .017 efficiency and only 20 kills.

UNCG’s sophomore outside hitter Ashley Muench led the way for the offense tallying 13 kills. Freshman Jasmine Jones and junior Jessica Brezwyn finished close behind with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Freshman Allison Penner recorded her fourth double-double of the year. Penner finished the match with 37 assists and 13 digs. Not to be outdone, senior Katherine Santiago lead all players in digs. Santiago tallied 18 digs in the match. The Spartans were able to keep the Catamounts Jo-Leigh Vervelde in check, who leads the nation in triple-doubles. Vervelde only had eight kills and just one assist in the match.

UNCG will get a week off to prepare for its next match, which will take place this Saturday against Furman at home. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m.



Categories: Men's Soccer, Sports, Volleyball, Woman's Soccer

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