The Spartans are coming off of a 3-2 thrilling victory against Presbyterian on Wednesday and is set to go up against Campbell on Saturday night in Greensboro. UNCG is coming into the game with a 2-1-2 record and seemed ready to take the win tonight. The Spartans would end up winning that game in a 1-0 victory in as an exciting way as possible. Both teams were stuck in a stalemate the entire game up until the 110th minute when off a free kick one shot was taken and deflected. The ball ended up at the feet of spartans defender Eric Gunnarsson and with 20 seconds left on the clock he takes the short shot and seals the victory for the spartans.
The first half of this game was evenly matched on both sides. The spartans started out with a 4-4-2 formation and in a post game interview with the spartans head coach Justin Maullin he said this about the formation decision. “We’ve been most effective in that formation, certainly defensively, we’re trying to give a little bit more freedom to our outside midfielders, which helps us attacking wise but not defensively, so when we’re in a true a 4-4-2 we’re best defensively and actually best on attacking side too.” But at the end of the half the game stood at 0-0 with both teams ready to win the game in the second half. Maullin commented on what he said to his team in the locker room to keep them going for the second half of the game; “Just keep going, we knew the opportunities were gonna come, we knew the goal would come, credit to their keeper he made some outstanding saves, I just said to them keep going.”
In the second half of the game the Spartans were ready to go and immediately went on the strong offensive. They were keeping the pressure on Campbell by racking up the amount of corners and shots they took in that half. The spartans dominated in those stats in the second half with 10 shots and 8 corner kicks to Campbell’s 2 shots and 1 corner kick. But even with those dominating number the spartans still couldn’t seem to get the ball past Campbell goalkeeper Matthew Mozynski who had 5 saves in the half. So at the end of regulation the game is still tied at 0-0.
Going into overtime you could feel the pressure throughout the stadium as the fans were waiting for that one elusive goal that the spartans couldn’t seem to grab a hold of. Campbell came out into the first half of overtime on the offensive by leading the first overtime in shots 3 to 1 over the spartans. But in the second overtime the spartans went back to their strong offensive attack that they had in the second half of the game. They ended up besting Campbell in shots and corner kicks and would end up winning the game 1-0. UNCG had 6 shots and 1 corner kick compared to Campbell’s 1 shot and 0 corner kicks. The final goal was scored in the last 20 seconds of the entire game. It came down to one free kick that would eventually end up at Gunnarson’s feet and he would score the game winning goal that caused the team and fans to go wild.
But at the end of the game both goalies had stellar games with Logan Rohde (UNCG) having 2 saves and Matthew Mozynski (CAM) having 8 saves. Maullin had some comments for the way the goalies played tonight. “Campbell’s keeper was the difference in the game, some of the stuff he kept out, the keeper was incredible.”
The game in it’s entirety was played rather aggressively with a total of 5 yellow cards, 4 from Campbell and 1 from UNCG, along with a total of 48 fouls, 28 from Campbell and 20 from UNCG. Maullin said this about the aggressive play from the game; “If you look at it tonight we had 1 yellow, they had 4 or 5… I’m okay with my guys playing aggressive actually I mandate they be aggressive but within the rules of the game, that’s the most important part.”. By the end of the game UNCG ended up with 20 shots while Campbell had 8 shots, and the spartans had 10 corner kicks to Campbell’s 1.
The spartans next upcoming game will be against West Virginia on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.