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GREENSBORO, N.C.- Facing the No. 1 team in the country, UNC Greensboro’s men’s soccer team put up a tough fight against Wake Forest, but ultimately fell by a final of 2-0 at Spry Stadium. The Spartans finished the non-conference slate with a 4-6-0 record.

“Extremely proud of the team tonight, they didn’t back down as they went after it as we played the No. 1 team on the road as we went into the locker room down 1-0 off a poorly deflected shot,” said Head Coach Justin Maullin. “We showed our potential that when we play together as a team we can be awfully good. A complete team effort and they deserved more from the game, but now we look forward to starting the conference on Saturday.”

Despite having the first true scoring chance of the game when senior Leeroy Maguraushe had a shot just outside of the 18 saved by Wake Forest goalkeeper Andreu Cases Munde, it was the Demon Deacons who struck first, as Kyle Holcomb took advantage of a pass from Bruno Lapa for his first goal of the season to beat UNCG goalkeeper Jon Milligan in the 11th minute.

Maguraushe had a second opportunity to strike in 16th minute on a free kick about 20 yards from the net, but his shot off the Wake Forest penalty was blocked by a Demon Deacons wall.

The Spartans opened the second half on the attack, as UNCG recorded three shots in the first 15 minutes of the frame but were unable to pull even with the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest would then double their advantage with less than 27 minutes left in the half, with Omir Fernandez scoring off assists from Lapa and Joey DeZart.

UNCG was anchored late in goal by Rick Zarri, subbing in for Jon Milligan with six minutes remaining in the game. UNCG also played the last three minutes down a man after Nicolas Le Metayer received a red card.

The Spartans will return to action this Saturday when they begin Southern Conference play when they host Belmont, an associate member in men’s soccer.

Saturday’s matchup will only be the second meeting between the two programs with UNCG defeating Belmont 5-2 on Sept. 10, 2006.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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