Miller's Goal Leads Men's Soccer To Streak-Snapping Victory At Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sophomore forward Austin Miller (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) scored the game's lone goal as the UNCG men's soccer team knocked off Southern Conference foe Furman 1-0 Saturday night at the Stone Soccer Stadium. The victory snapped the Paladins' 16-game home unbeaten streak as UNCG became the first team to win in Greenville since Duke August 29, 2011.
"Really proud of our guys tonight," head coach Justin Maullin said. "They responded after a poor performance at Georgia Southern and got a fantastic result against a very good Furman team that doesn't drop many games at home. This victory keeps us in the running for a home game in the SoCon Tournament, giving us a chance with our final game of the year at home against Elon."
Furman (10-3-3, 2-2-1 SoCon) came out of the gate quickly and had the game's first chance in the fifth minute of play. Martin Ontiveros, the Paladins' top scorer, hit the cross bar just 4:12 into the game in the opening push.
UNCG (5-8-2, 3-3-0 SoCon) answered the cross bar shot by Furman with a shot of its own off the frame in the 28th minute of play. Sophomore David Reittinger (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) beat Furman goalkeeper Sven Lissek with a shot, but it clanged off the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
Furman ended the first half with a 9-5 edge in shots but fifth-year goalkeeper Peyton Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) posted three saves in the first half to preserve the scoreless first half.
The teams went back-and-forth in the second half with both having chances to score the go-ahead goal, but nothing materialized until the 80th minute of play. Senior forward Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart) got the ball out wide and sent a cross into the box where it found Miller on the back post where ripped it past Lissek for the eventual game-winning goal.
The goal was the second of the season for Miller and his second career goal in two games against Furman as he found the back of the net last season in the 8th minute of play. The goal also led the Ilhan's team-leading seventh assist to bump his scoring total to 19 points on the year.
Ford posted his third shutout of the season as he made five saves in the victory as he helped the Spartans overcome a 20-14 shot advantage by the Paladins. The victory also pushed the Spartans to 14-13-1 all-time against Furman.
The Spartans wrap up the 2012 regular season next Saturday night as they host SoCon rival Elon. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium and the Spartans will recognize their senior class prior to the contest.
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