DAVIDSON, N.C. - UNCG men's soccer completes its second draw of the season on Tuesday night, after tying Davidson 1-1 on the road.
"We were good tonight," said Head Coach Chris Rich in postmatch. "We're definitely disappointed not to win, as we felt like we were in control of the game, but very happy with the performance. Davidson are an organized, hard working team. Many teams have had trouble scoring against them. We created a lot of chances, and probably deserved a couple more goals, but we just needed to be sharper in front of goal."
With neither club recording a shot on goal in the first 20 minutes, the Wildcats opened up scoring in the 30th to go ahead 1-0. The home team's lead would last for less than 60 seconds however, with defender Casey Penland securing his third goal of the season off a corner opportunity.
After Nelson Oceano's delivery led to a shot on goal, the rebound fell to the foot of Aidan Wixted just above the six-yard box. The senior laid off a ball to his teammate on the back line with Penland tucking in his shot in the bottom left corner to even things at one apiece.
The Spartans continued to apply the pressure in the second half, outshooting their opponents 9-2 over the final 45 minutes. Albert Pedra and Penland would both get their chances at the go ahead after Davidson went down to 10 men on a red card, with Pedra sending a shot from inside the 18 that sailed wide, and Penland's header skimmed the outside of the post in the 77th.
Despite the field tilting in favor of UNCG, the Spartans were unable to put away the match-winner during regulation, moving toward their second overtime match of the season.
The Spartans created multiple chances in the first half of extra time, collecting four shots and four corner kick opportunities. UNCG's efforts in the two overtime periods would end without a goal however, as the side was forced to take its second draw of the 2019 campaign at 1-1.
"Overall, our energy and overall team effort was excellent," said Rich. "Everyone was up for the game, including the bench, and that was very nice to see. Hopefully that continues on Saturday."
Three Things To Know
-- Playing 94 of the 110-minute match, Pedra recorded a match-high seven attempts at net
-- With Penland's third tally of the year, the senior trails just Micah Albert (4) for a team-high and currently leads all Southern Conference defenders
-- The Spartans outshot the Wildcats 21-6 on the afternoon, while steering five of those attempts on frame
The Spartans will stay close to home, with a Saturday matchup at nearby High Point. UNCG is 14-11 against the Panthers all-time, despite taking a 3-2 loss to the side the previous season
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