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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's soccer team allowed its first goal in over 280 minutes of action Tuesday night as the Spartans dropped a 2-0 decision to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Spartans' shutout streak last 280:19 dating back to the Sept. 22 game at No. 17 Coastal Carolina.
"In the end of the night, I thought we deserved this loss." head coach Justin Maullin
said. "A lot of players overlooked this game, as we put so much emphasis in the conference games that we didn't take this one serious enough. Credit goes to Clemson as they were a little bit sharper than us and wanted it a little more tonight."
Clemson had a prime scoring chance in the 12th
minute of action as Austin Savage ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box. Senior goalkeeper Peyton Ford
(Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) made a diving, full-extension save to push the ball off the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
The Spartans had their best chance of the first half in the 32nd
minute of action as they tried to take advantage of a Clemson miscue. Clemson goalkeeper Chris Glodack came out of the net and tried to clear the ball but freshman Jannick Martens
(Henstedt-Ulzberg, Germany/Alstergymnasium) picked off the pass 40 yards out. Martens fired a shot towards the vacant net as Glodack was retreating, but his shot sailed just wide of the net.
Clemson had another scoring chance in the 39th minute of play. Preston Gayton was able to beat two UNCG defenders and find some space in the 18-yard box. Gayton ripped a shot towards the goal but once again Ford was there with a diving stab to thwart the effort.
The Tigers were held at bay once against in the 56th minute as Manolo Sanchez found space in the box and drilled a shot that Ford was able to save keeping the Spartans in the contest.
UNCG had a prime opportunity to take the lead in the 67th
minute of action off a corner kick. The Spartans had three shots during a flurry in the six-yard box. Oddur Gudmundsson
(Reykjavik, Iceland/Breidholti) had one shot and Jonathan Leonard
(Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) had two shots from close range, but Clemson goalkeeper Chris Glodack came up with big saves to keep UNCG off the board.
Clemson finally broke through in the 75th minute of play as Manolo took the ball at the top of the 18-yard box. He made a couple of moves to create space around two UNCG defenders before firing a shot into the side netting for the 1-0 lead. The Tigers tacked on an insurance goal in the 82nd minute off play. Amadou Dia sent a ball through the six-yard box where it found Austin Savage in a near offsides position as he tapped it into the corner of the net for his third goal of the season.
Ford posted six saves in the loss, including a pair of highlight-reel saves while Glodack tallied three saves in the victory. UNCG returns to Southern Conference play Saturday night as it hosts Wofford. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
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