Sophomore Casey Penland and the Spartans battled Wofford head-to-head for 90 minutes Saturday night.
Sophomore Casey Penland and the Spartans battled Wofford head-to-head for 90 minutes Saturday night.
Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of Carlos Morales

Menís Soccer Drops Hard Fought Battle To Wofford On Homecoming

UNCGSpartans.com 10-22-2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night as the Spartans suffered a hard-fought 1-0 Southern Conference loss to visiting Wofford in the 2016 UNCG Homecoming game in front of a season-high 2,337 fans at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

The loss drops the Spartans to 5-3-0 in SoCon play and into third place with 15 points. UNCG now trails first place Mercer by three points (6-3-0/18 pts) and second-place ETSU by two points (5-1-2/17 pts) with two regular season games remaining. The Spartans can still claim at least a share of the SoCon regular season title with wins in their final two games (at ETSU/vs. VMI) and a loss by Mercer (at Furman/vs. ETSU) in one of its last two games.

The Spartans controlled play throughout the game, holding a 16-12 edge in shots, including a dominating 7-2 advantage in the first half but could not break through against Wofford goalkeeper Joe Wichmann. Senior forward Damieon Thomas (St. Catherine, Jamaica/Georgia Military Institute) led the way with a game-high five shots while freshman defender Casey Penland (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) posted three shots in the loss.

The Spartans had numerous chances throughout the game, including a chance by Thomas in the opening minutes that just went wide. Penland had a great look in the 10th minute of play from 18-yards out but Wichmann made a diving save on the ball.

Senior midfielder Ricky Chavez (Barranquilla, Columbia/UNC Pembroke) had a great chance early in the second half from 30-yards out but Wichmann somehow made a diving stab to keep the game scoreless.

Wofford (9-6-0 4-4-0 SoCon) scored the game’s lone goal in the 72nd minute of play off a corner kick. Kevin Davidsson sent a ball into the top of the six-yard box where it found the head of Dredon Kelly who buried it into the back of the net past senior goalkeeper Logan Rohde (Cary, N.C./Greensboro College) for the 1-0 lead on his first career goal.

The Spartans sent everything they had at the Terriers down the stretch trying for the game-tying goal. Sophomore Alexander Lewis (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) had a chance off a Thomas pass while classmate Leeroy Maguraushe (Milton Keynes, England/Stantonbury) tried to bend a shot into the goal in the final five minutes but it was deflected just wide by a Wofford defender.

Wichmann finished the game with four saves in the shutout victory while Rohde was credited with one save for the Spartans. UNCG returns to action with its final road game of the regular season Tuesday night in a must-win game for the SoCon regular season title as the Spartans travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to face off against second-place ETSU. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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