GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior midfielder Katie Durst (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) scored two goals to help UNCG women’s soccer knock off Samford, 3-0, Friday night during homecoming at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
With the victory, UNCG improves to 9-6-2, 4-2-2 in the Southern Conference vaulting from sixth place to fourth. The Bulldogs fall to 11-5-1, 4-3-1 in the SoCon. The Spartans are just three points from second place Elon and two points behind Appalachian State for third.
The Spartans struck first in the 12th minute after Durst collected a flick from teammate Chesney White (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) and put home her first-ever collegiate goal. The play started with a pretty cross from junior Ashley Stokes (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) that found White who did the rest.
The Blue and Gold would control the run of play into the half leading 1-0. UNCG took five shots in the first half to Samford’s seven.
In the second half, UNCG would increase its lead to 2-0 after Durst scored again in the 60th minute. Freshman Katelyn Mountjoy (Highland Village, Texas/Marcus) placed a perfect corner kick into the back post where Durst headed home her second goal of the game.
UNCG would add an insurance tally in the 66th minute when Samford’s goalkeeper Dale Steinagle couldn’t control a shot off her hands leading to an easy tap in for Stokes, her fourth goal of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook) picked up her eighth shutout of the season, making six saves along the way. Simmons made a key save with just under 25 minutes left in the game stopping freshman standout Malcanisha Kelley on a breakaway just outside the goal.
UNCG finished with nine shots and seven corner kicks. The Spartans return to face Chattanooga Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
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