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Senior Mahdi Ali scored the game's long goal Saturday night at JMU.

Menís Soccer Wins Third Straight With 1-0 Victory At James Madison

Release: September 07, 2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va. – The UNCG men’s soccer team improved to 3-0-0 on the season as the Spartans posted their second straight road victory with a 1-0 win versus James Madison at University Park Saturday night. UNCG has won its first three games to open the season for the first time since 2004 when the Spartans finished 19-3-1 while also picking up its first win at JMU in program history.

“Our players continue to buy into the defensive mentality and I am really proud of our boys for getting back-to-back results on the road,” head coach Justin Maullin said. “This was another complete team performance against a very good James Madison team. Our character and team chemistry is fantastic and I could not be prouder of this group of players as their hard work is paying off.”

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Moffitt (Burlington, N.C./Williams) posted his third straight shutout in his third career start as he made a career-high four saves in the victory. This season marks the first time UNCG has opened the year with three clean slates since 1983, when the Spartans won a National Championship with a 23-1-1 record and only allowed nine goals on the season.

Senior defender Mahdi Ali (Helsinki, Finland/Vuosaaren Lukio) netted his second goal of the season and his second of his career in the victory, finding the back of the net in the 77th minute. The original play saw freshman Rouven Wahlfeldt (Velbert, Germany/Gymnasium Waldstrasse) rip a shot off that JMU goalkeeper Kyle Morton was able to save.

James Madison cleared the ball out of the 18-yard box but Ali took the clearance and used the space available to fire a shot form 25-yards out through traffic before finding its way past Morton and into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.

Moffitt stepped up big in the final minutes of the game as James Madison was pushing for the equalizer. JMU forward Josh Grant ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that was ticketed for the top corner but Moffitt made a sprawling save and was able to poke it over the cross bar and out of play to preserve the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Lukas Zarges (Freidrichsdorf, Germany/Phillip Reis Schulle) led the Spartans attack as he fired a team-high four shots as UNCG out-shot the Dukes 14-11.

The Spartans return home to the UNCG Soccer Stadium where they will play two straight and five of their next six games beginning Wednesday night as they host Triad rival High Point at 7 p.m.

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