GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s soccer (12-4-1, 7-2-0) fell 1-0 to the Samford Bulldogs (11-5-1, 8-0-1) on a goal in the 84th minute Sunday afternoon at UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Bulldogs claimed the Southern Conference Regular Season Championship, and the Spartans will be the No. 2 seed for the SoCon Tournament.
“I think Samford deserved the win today, they were the better team,” said UNCG head coach Michael Coll. “This time of the year games are decided on set plays, and their set plays were dangerous all game and resulted in the goal. Credit to them for doing a good job of eliminating our usual style of play with two-touch rhythm and generating chances. The game was very tight, and both teams had an equal amount of shots (three) and corner kicks (one) at halftime. Once again credit to them.”
UNCG will play the winner of No. 10 seed VMI-No. 7 Chattanooga Saturday at 2 p.m. at home in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. The Keydets will travel to the Mocs for the first-round matchup on Wednesday after the two teams tied 2-2 on Sunday in Lexington, Va. The SoCon will release the official bracket later on Sunday.
“We're at home on Saturday thankfully to start the SoCon Tournament,” said Coll. “Like I said before, games are decided on set plays this time of the year, so we will work on improving ours better. We could certainly use the extra time off with a bye in the first round to rest and heal up.”
Samford’s goal came on a corner kick. The kick by Alyssa Frazier hit the left post, and Grace Sommi collected the loose ball and shot in into the left side of the net.
The tight game featured limited scoring chances leading up into the goal. UNCG’s best opportunity came in the 52nd minute when Nicole Souply missed just wide on an open net from a shot in the top of the box following a pass from Cienna Rideout.
UNCG goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper made four saves.
Samford finished with one more shot (12-11) and corner kick (4-3).
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