Menís Soccer Returns To Action At UNCW On Labor Day
GREENSBORO, N.C. – With a short turnaround from the season-opener, the UNCG men’s soccer team will hit the road for the first time in the 2014 season travelling to UNCW for a Labor Day evening contest against the Seahawks. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Monday night at UNCW Soccer Stadium. Live stats and live video are available with links at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans opened the 2014 season Friday night with a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Campbell at home, despite out-shooting the Camels by a 23-14 margin. UNCG had numerous chances throughout the game but hit the post twice and had a penalty kick saved by the Campbell goalkeeper, who finished with a career-high 10 saves.
Junior Jacques Francois (Port Au Prince, Haiti/Louisburg College) and Lukas Zarges (Freidrichsdorf, Germany/Phillip Reis Schulle) led they way with five shots apiece in the loss against Campbell while freshman Neico Regent (Clarendon, Jamaica/American Heritage) came off the bench in the second half and accounted for five shots of his own. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Davis Griffin (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) got the nod in goal and posted five saves in 90 minutes of action.
The Spartans posted a 1-0-1 record in two exhibition games this season, out-scoring opponents by a 9-1 margin. UNCG opened exhibition play with an 8-0 victory over visiting Guilford before battling Liberty to a 1-1 tie in 90 minutes. Freshman midfielder Tommi Gardarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/Commercial College of Iceland) tallied two goals and an assist in the preseason while Francois added a goal and an assist.
Monday’s game marks the 16th meeting all-time between UNCG and UNCW. The Spartans narrowly trail the all-time series by a 6-7-2 margin but have gone unbeaten in the last three meetings with a 1-0-2 record. Last season, UNCG picked up a 2-0 victory over the Seahawks in Greensboro, scoring two second half goals in torrential rains.
Former Spartan Brian Graham scored the game’s first goal in the 81st minute off an assist from Noah DeAngelo (Burlington, N.C./Williams) while forward Dustin Gamradt (Kiel, Germany/Hebbleschule) clinched the victory with a late goal on a breakaway for the two-goal cushion.
UNCW enters Monday’s game with a 1-0-0 record on the season after posting a 2-0 victory at High Point Friday night. The Seahawks picked up goals from Jamie Dell in the 28th minute and Kalvin Kramer in the 80th minute, while Sean Melvin posted two saves in the shutout. UNCW was picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll and with 0-1-1 in exhibition games with a loss to NC State and a tie against Longwood.