GREENSBORO, N.C.- Senior midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe scored a spectacular goal in double overtime on Tuesday evening to give UNC Greensboro’s men’s soccer team its first home victory of the season, as the Spartans defeated Elon by a final of 1-0 at UNCG Soccer Stadium. The goal snapped a four-game losing streak for the Spartans.
“Obviously a very much needed win,” said Head Coach Justin Maullin. “To come away from Virginia Tech with nothing to show for it was very disappointing with the way we played and it would have been very unfair to have not come out with something in this game. We played 20 players again and we’re starting to find our identity now.
“We had a big meeting before the game as to who were are, and really everyone stepped up. There wasn’t one player that fell short.”
In the first half, both UNCG and Elon were unable to find the back of the net with the Spartans’ Jon Milligan, who was making his first start of the season, recording two saves. The Spartans had their chances in the opening 45 minutes, including a near-goal for forward Matt Mattis that was saved.
In the second half, the Spartans dominated possession and all four of their shots on goal in regulation came in the 45-minute frame. Maguraushe, Manny Apau, Alex Henderson and Faisal Almubaslat all had quality chances that were saved.
After neither team was able to score in the first overtime frame, Maguraushe nearly went the length of the field on his own, highlighted by nifty dribbling outside of the 18-yard box to give himself enough space to place his shot perfectly in the bottom right corner. The goal was Maguraushe’s first of the season.
UNCG had five players making their first starts of the season including Milligan and fellow senior Jesper Larsson.
The Spartans will return to action this Saturday when they face Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The matchup will be the first between the two North Carolina schools in Boone since 2013. The Spartans hold a decisive 22-8 advantage in the all-time series. The Mountaineers enter Saturday’s showdown with a 4-1-1 record, with two of those victories (VMI and Belmont) coming against SoCon opponents. In its most recent outing, Appalachian State tied UNC Ashville 1-1.
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