Menís Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision At ETSU
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team suffered its second-straight 1-0 defeat Tuesday night as the Spartans came up short against East Tennessee State at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The Spartans wrap up the regular season Saturday night when they host VMI at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium on Senior Night.
The loss eliminates the Spartans from contention for the Southern Conference regular season title and a first round bye in the SoCon Tournament. UNCG can now only be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the SoCon Tournament heading into the final game of the year. The Spartans are currently tied with Wofford for third overall at 5-4-0 in league play with 15 points. UNCG is slated to play VMI Saturday while the Terriers will host Furman. UNCG will earn the third seed with a win and one of the two following happening: Wofford losing or tying Furman or Mercer winning or tying ETSU at home.
ETSU (10-4-2, 6-1-2 SoCon) remained in second place with the victory, trailing only Mercer by one point in the standings. The Buccaneers held a 12-10 edge in shots as they finished the regular season unbeaten at home with a 7-0-1 mark at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
ETSU scored the game’s lone goal in the 31st minute of action. The Buccaneers had an initial corner kick attempt that UNCG cleared but Serge Gomis sent a second cross to the top of the 18-yard box. Joe Pickering brought the ball down and ripped a right-footed shot across the grain and past senior goalkeeper Logan Rohde (Cary, N.C./Greensboro College) for the 1-0 lead.
The Spartans pressed for the game-tying goal in the second half as they started to put the pressure on the Bucs. Junior defender Eric Gunnarsson (Falkenberg, Sweden) had a header off a corner kick in the 63rd minute of action that sailed just wide of the net.
Sophomore midfielder Jesper Larsson (Halmstad, Sweden/Marquette) had two chances in the final 20 minutes of the game at a potential game-tying goal. Larsson had a shot in the 71st minute of action from 20-yards out that ETSU goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland made a diving save on. He also had a chance off a cross from 10-yards out 84th minute but the ball was deflected by Sutherland to preserve the victory.