GREENVILLE, S.C. - Riding a five-match win streak into Friday night, UNCG women's soccer received its first loss of more than two weeks against Furman, dropping a 2-0 decision on the road for its first SoCon defeat of 2019.
"Very close game tonight, the way it always is in UNCG versus Furman games," said Head Coach Michael Coll in postmatch. "Statistically it was pretty much an even game, our players can't be faulted for anything tonight. The effort and teamwork was exactly how we need it to be. The difference was Furman scored two of their chances, and we created so much, but our chances just didn't go in tonight."
The Spartans got behind the eight-ball early on Friday, with the home team putting away its first goal of the night just five minutes into the opening half. Nicole Souply would come close to an equalizer during the 17th after splitting a pair of defenders at the top of the 18, but the sophomore forward's off-balance shot skimmed just wide of the left post.
Isabelle Blomdahl nearly netted her third of the year just moments later with a volleyed cross over the bar, but it would be the Paladins to score the second goal of the night, off a set piece in the 36th minute. The Spartans would take another pair of shots before the break set in, but the side's early missed opportunities ensured a 2-0 deficit going into the second.
The Spartans came out firing in the second half, nearly cutting the Paladins lead in half on a Gabi Santora corner, but the freshman's cross would dribble across the mouth of the goal while going untouched. Tied for a match-high five shots on the night, Cienna Rideout had an opportunity at breaking her team's scoreless effort in the 78th, however her strike from 25 yards went less than a yard wide of the net, and the Spartans were forced to take home the 2-0 loss on the evening.
Three Things To Know
-- Rideout finished the night with five shots and recorded her team's lone SOG, she currently holds season totals of 51 and 21 in those two respective categories
-- Freshman keeper Abby Buchholz faced a total of 14 shots on the night, on the way to making a total of four saves
-- The Paladins outshot the Spartans just 14-11 on the night, however just one of UNCG's attempts at net went on frame in comparison to Furman's six
COMING UP NEXT
The Spartans continue their tour of South Carolina on Sunday, taking the trip to Spartanburg to play Wofford in their fourth SoCon matchup of the season. UNCG has never lost a match to the Terriers, over 27 total meetings, however five of the pair's last nine contests have gone to overtime.
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