GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 2 UNCG men's soccer looks to continue its run toward becoming unified Southern Conference Champions this Sunday, facing off with No. 4 Mercer at home at 6 p.m. The Spartans won their first regular season conference title since 2015 this year, and will attempt to take control of both SoCon titles for the first time since 2010, the last time they went to the NCAA tournament.
Both the Spartans and Bears are coming off semifinal overtime victories, with UNCG coming back from a two-goal deficit to record a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Belmont last Sunday. The Bears defeated No. 1 Furman 3-2 in double-overtime on the same day, as this year's championship match will be the third straight not to feature the top-seed in the bracket.
• UNCG is 11-7-0 against the Bears all-time, defeating Mercer 2-0 in the regular season and 1-0 in the semifinals of last year's Southern Conference tournament
• The Spartans have never lost to Mercer in the postseason during regulation, they are 1-0-2 against the side in the SoCon tournament, dropping one decision in overtime and another on PKs
• Six Spartans were honored in this year's list of SoCon Postseason honors, with senior defender Casey Penland earning the Spartans' first Player of the Year accolade since 2015
• First Team All-Conference winger Albert Pedra scored UNCG's overtime-winner in the SoCon semifinals against Belmont, he has five goals in the last two games
• Pedra's hat trick against ODU to close out the regular season was the fifth-fastest in NCAA D1 history, scoring his three goals in three minutes and four seconds
• Second Team All-Conference goalkeeper Brendan Pulley holds a conference-best 0.985 goals against average, ranking 43rd in all of Division I men's soccer
• UNCG plays this weekend's final at UNCG Soccer Stadium, the side has not lost at home since September 21st, going 5-0-0 with a goal differential of plus-12 in Greensboro since that time
• Averaging two goals per game, the Bears rank 26th in all of D1, while their 15.11 shots per game are 19th in the country
• Mercer opened the season 7-2, before dropping four of its next six matches. The Bears are currently on a four-game winning streak
COMING UP NEXT
With a victory over the Bears, the Spartans will qualify for this year's NCAA Championship Tournament, and await the announcement of their first round opponent this Monday at 1 p.m. on ncaa.com.
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