UNCG plays to 1-1 draw with Wofford on Friday

UNCGSpartans.com 10-13-2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Halftime substitute Karina Rodriguez scored just moments into the second half, but Wofford scored the equalizer with just over 12 minutes to go and neither side could find the back of the net in overtime as UNCG played to a 1-1 draw with the Terriers in Southern Conference women's soccer action on Friday at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

"We're disappointed," UNCG coach Steve Nugent said. "Without question, a tie tonight was not in our plans. We created some great chances. Several, probably four or five good ones in the first half, four or five good ones in the second half. You've got to give Wofford a lot of credit. They worked their tails off for 110 minutes, and they got the result that was good for them. A tie doesn't help us. A tie was not what we were looking for tonight, so without question, we're disappointed."

The draw, coupled with Samford's overtime win at Appalachian State, drops UNCG (6-7-1, 5-1-1 SoCon) out of first place in the league standings. The Bulldogs leapfrog College of Charleston and the Spartans into first and now control their own destiny as they already own wins over CofC and UNCG.

After a scoreless first half, Nugent inserted Rodriguez into the starting lineup for the second stanza. The freshman rewarded the move almost instantly, following Nitang Jones' saved shot and nodding it home in the 48th minute for her second goal of the season.

UNCG, which had dominated possession in the game, seemed poised to pick up its sixth league win of the season before the Terriers (8-4-1, 2-4-1 SoCon) turned things around late in regulation.

In the 78th minute, Amanda Morris gathered a ball near the top left corner of the 18-yard box and dribbled in a bit to draw out UNCG keeper Kelsey Kearney. Morris slipped the ball to Emily Bougas in the middle of the box, and Bougas tapped it home unimpeded to pull the Terriers level with her team-best 12th goal of the year.

The goal ended a streak of 15 straight shutouts for UNCG against Wofford and was the Terriers first goal in the series since 1998.

Despite combining for eight shots in the two overtime periods, neither team was able to get the golden goal. The Spartans held a 4-1 shot advantage in the first extra frame, with Kristin Player having a shot blocked and pushing two just wide left of the mark. Lauren Hein had her bending shot saved at the far post by Wofford keeper Erika Christensen with just 39 seconds remaining in the first bonus period.

Wofford got off the only three shots in the second overtime, with Morris having a pair blocked and Alex Kachulis missing high.

UNCG had several scoring chances on the evening, outshooting Wofford 19-9. The Spartans spent the majority of the first half and most of the second in Wofford's half of the field and often strung together several passes to get good looks on goal but struggled to finish their opportunities.

In a span of less than six minutes in the first half, UNCG had three wide-open, close-range looks saved by Christensen.

Christensen finished with nine saves, while Kearney had two.

The result snapped UNCG's 18-match winning streak over the Terriers, who improve to 0-18-1 all-time in the series.

UNCG returns to action Sunday when it hosts Furman at the UNCG Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m.

UNCG 1, Wofford 1

Goals by period       1  2 OT O2  Tot
 Wofford.............  0  1  0  0 -  1
 UNCG................  0  1  0  0 -  1

  1.  47:03 UNCG Karina Rodriguez (2) (Nitang Jones)
  2.  77:38 WOF Emily Bougas (12) (Amanda Morris)

Shots: Wofford 9, UNCG 19; Saves: Wofford 9 (Erika Christensen 9), UNCG 2 (Kelsey Kearney 2); Corner kicks: Wofford 5, UNCG 7; Fouls: Wofford 7, UNCG 16.

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