Spartans wrap up regular season with Senior Day clash vs. Elon
UNCG vs. Elon, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium
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- UNCG's women's soccer team will wrap up the regular season and celebrate Senior Day on Wednesday when it welcomes Southern Conference rival Elon to the UNCG Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. match.
- The Spartans are fighting for the second seed in the upcoming league tournament. UNCG, which enters play Wednesday tied with College of Charleston for second in the league standings and holds the tiebreaker over the Cougars, can finish no worse than third in the standings. Elon, on the other hand, comes into the match tied for fifth and is fighting for the fourth seed. The top four seeds in the tournament host first-round contests on Oct. 30.
- Last time out, UNCG was stunned by Appalachian State at home on Sunday, 2-1. The teams were tied at 1 with time in regulation winding down before the Mountaineers' Meggie Graham stole the ball from UNCG keeper Kearney just in front of the goal in the 89th minute. Kearney took her down trying to prevent her from scoring, resulting in a red card and penalty kick as the Apps pulled off the upset.
- After sitting out last season, Player has returned with a vengeance this year. The redshirt senior has 25 points on eight goals and a SoCon-best nine assists, all team highs, while the 25 points match the career high she set as a freshman in 2007. Karin Sendel is second in scoring with nine points on two goals and five assists, while Lauren Hein and Ashley Stokes are tied for third with eight points on three goals and two assists each. Kearney has logged 1,519 minutes in the net for the Spartans thus far, turning in a 1.66 goals against average. Her 0.81 mark in league games is third in the SoCon.
- Player enters play Wednesday as the SoCon's active career leader in points (88), goals (32) and assists (24) and is in the top 10 in school history in all three categories. With 23 points on eight goals and seven assists in SoCon games, Player leads the league in all three categories in conference games.
- Kearney, a three-time All-SoCon selection (first team, 2008 and 2010), is UNCG's career leader in goals against average, as she has posted a 0.84 mark – good for third place in SoCon history. Now up to 34 career shutouts, she needs three more to become the SoCon's career leader in that category. She is the SoCon's active career leader with 53 wins. The Durham, N.C., native is also UNCG's leader in career minutes played with 6,831:44.
- UNCG is 16-0-0 all-time against Elon in a series that dates to 1988. Twelve of those games have been shutouts, as the Spartans have outscored the Phoenix 36-4 in the series. UNCG is 9-0-0 against Elon in Greensboro.
- The teams met twice last season, with UNCG taking a 2-1 win in the regular season and a 2-0 win in the SoCon semifinals. In the first meeting, in Elon, N.C., on Oct. 28, the Phoenix scored just 31 seconds in to set a record for the quickest goal by a UNCG opponent. Elon led 1-0 at the half, marking the first time on the season that UNCG had trailed at the break, but second-half scores from Jenn Partenheimer and Hein rallied the Spartans to the win. Hein had Elon's number again at the tournament in Cullowhee, N.C., just eight days later, scoring both of the Spartans' goals to send UNCG to the title match.
- Elon brings a 7-7-4 overall record and a 5-3-2 SoCon mark into Wednesday's contest and can still finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the league standings. Elon has won three straight and four of its last five. The Phoenix's last eight games have been decided by one goal or fewer, including a scoreless draw with Georgia Southern on Oct. 2. Six of Elon's games this season have gone to double overtime.
- In its last outing, Elon picked up a 2-1 win over Western Carolina in double overtime on Sunday. Simi Dhaliwal headed home the game-winner with just nine seconds left in the contest, sending Phoenix seniors Andrea Keller and Noell McCain out winners on their Senior Day. Jaclyn Wood had Elon's other goal, scoring on a penalty kick in the ninth minute.
- Catherine Brinkman leads the Phoenix in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Bethany Houpt is second with nine points on two goals and a team-high five assists. Keepers Shannon Cosgrove and Kate Murphy have split time in the net this season, with Cosgrove posting a 0.98 GAA in 825 minutes of action and Murphy turning in a 1.08 mark in 1,088 minutes.
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