Men's Soccer Falls At Georgia Southern, 4-1 10-15-2012


STATESBORO, Ga. – The UNCG men's soccer team suffered its third straight Southern Conference loss Tuesday night as the Spartans dropped a 4-1 contest to hosting Georgia Southern at Eagle Field. The loss drops the Spartans to 4-8-2 overall and 2-3-0 in league play on the season.

Georgia Southern (3-10-1, 1-2-1 SoCon) struck early in the fourth minute of the game as it converted a chance off a corner kick. Eric Dinka got the initial shot on the corner kick and fifth-year senior goalkeeper Peyton Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) was able to make the save. The rebound came out in front where Hunter Norton was able to poke it into the back of the goal for the early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles struck again in the 33rd minute off action as they converted on another corner kick attempt. This time Seth Prieto sent the kick into the box where Norton was able to rip a header past Ford and into the goal for his second tally of the night and the 2-0 lead.
The Spartans tried to answer back in the 34th minute off a corner kick of their own. Junior Maximilian Schulz (Northeim, Germany/Gymnasium Corvinianum) sent the ball into the box where redshirt freshman Dustin Gamradt (Kiel, Germany/Hebbelschule) rose up and got a head on the ball but Eagle goalkeeper Neal Bates was there to thwart the effort.
Georgia Southern extended the lead to 3-0 in the 59th minute of action off of a counter attack as the Spartans were pushing up offensively. Dinka got the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and drove across the top of the box across the UNCG defense. He ripped a shot back across the grain over a diving Ford for the 3-0 lead.
The Spartans kept attack trying to mount a comeback as they pushed numerous players into the attack. UNCG had a quality chance in the 75th minute as Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart) found space at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a shot, but Bates was there to keep the Spartans off the board.
The Eagles tacked on a fourth goal in the 79th minute of play to take a 4-0 lead as Rocco Bagley scored his first of the season against reserve goalkeeper Stephen Moffitt (Burlington, N.C./Williams).

The Spartans continued to apply the pressure and finally broke through in the 85th minute of play off another corner kick, their 10th of the game. Freshman Lukas Zarges (Friedrichsdorf, Germany/Phillip Reis Schule) sent the ball into the box where redshirt sophomore Preston Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) drilled a back-post header into the net for his first career goal.

UNCG continues SoCon play Saturday night as the Spartans travel to Furman for their final regular season road game of the year. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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