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Men's Soccer Hosts Elon Saturday Night On Senior Night

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: October 26, 2012
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* Greek Treats, 5-7 p.m. - Greek organizations will be on hand providing games, crafts and trick-or-treating for children. All attendees are asked to bring one canned food item per child to participate with all donations going to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

* First 500 fans will receive Bojangles gift cards at the gate.

* Men's Soccer will be wearing pink socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

* Men's basketball will be recognized at halftime of the game. 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's soccer team closes out the 2012 regular season Saturday night when the Spartans host rival Elon in a pivotal Southern Conference contest at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Admission is FREE. The Spartans are battling for one of the top four seeds in the upcoming SoCon Tournament and the right to host a first round game in the tournament.

Additionally, the Spartans will honor their senior class prior to the game with senior day festivities. UNCG will recognize the contributions of forward Adam Shore (Summerfield, N.C./American Hebrew Academy), forward Ross Burki (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), defender Jonathan Leonard (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), goalkeeper Peyton Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) and forward Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart).
 
The Spartans can secure a top-four seed and a home game in the first round of the tournament (Nov. 3) with a victory over the Phoenix Saturday. UNCG also has the ability to finish in the top four with a tie or even a loss, but will need additional results to fall its way across the league Saturday.
 
Saturday's game marks the 18th meeting all-time between the two schools that are separated by just 23 miles. The Spartans hold a 10-5-2 record all-time against the Phoenix, but have gone 1-4-0 against them over the past five meetings. Last season, the Spartans posted a 1-0 victory at Elon in the regular season former Spartan Cameron Owens scored in the 82nd minute of play.
 
Elon picked up a 3-2 victory in the Southern Conference Tournament final ending the Spartans' season last year. The Phoenix opened up a 3-0 lead against UNCG as Jordan Smith scored a pair of goals before the Spartans made a furious rally late in the game. Brian Graham (Bowie, Md./Bowie) scored a pair of goals just 60 seconds apart in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to narrow the gap to 3-2, but UNCG could not overcome the three-goal deficit before time ran out.
 
UNCG enters Saturday's game with a 5-8-2 overall record and a 3-3-0 mark in SoCon play. The Spartans currently sit in fourth place overall with nine points in the standings and are coming off an important 1-0 victory over third place Furman last weekend. Sophomore Austin Miller (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of action.
 
Ilhan leads the Spartans and is fourth in the league in scoring with a team-high 19 points. He has scored a team-high six goals while handing out a team-high seven assists, including the helper on Miller's game-winning tally against the Paladins. Junior Oddur Gudmundsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/Breidholti) is second on the team in scoring with 10 points as he has scored five goals this year.
 
Ford has played all by 77 minutes in goal for the Spartans this season. He has a 1.47 goals against average on the year and has posted three shutouts while making 55 saves.
 
Elon enters Saturday's game with an 11-4-1 record and a 4-2-0 mark in SoCon play as the Phoenix are tied for the top spot in the conference with 12 points. Elon is coming off back-to-back wins over Appalachian State last weekend and Tuesday knocked off No. 13 Wake Forest 1-0.
 
The Phoenix are led by the nation's leading goal scorer in Chris Thomas who has scored 45 points on the year. Thomas has found the back of the net 20 times while dishing out five assists as he has scored seven game-winning goals. He has converted all seven of his penalty kicks as Elon as a team has converted a league-high 8-of-8 from the penalty spot. Matt Wescoe is second on the team in scoring with 14 points as he has scored four goals and handed out a team-high six shots.
 
In goal, Nathan Dean has played every second for Elon and has allowed 25 goals against. Dean has a 1.51 goals against average with five shutouts on the year, while making 63 saves.
 
Prior to the game, the UNCG athletic department will be holding its annual Greek Treats from 5-7 p.m. All Greek organizations on campus will be in attendance providing games, crafts and trick-or-treating for children. All attendees are asked to bring one canned food item per child to participate in the event. All donations will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank
 
Additionally, 500 Bojangles gift cards will be handed out at the gate at a first-come, first-serve basis. The Spartans will also be wearing pink socks during the game in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Finally, the UNCG men's basketball team will be recognized at halftime of the game and all children 12-and-under will be given a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for the men's basketball home opener Nov. 12.

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