Menís Soccer Ties Liberty In Exhibition Game
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team played its second and final exhibition game of the season as the Spartans posted a 1-1 tie against visiting Liberty Saturday night at the UNCG Soccer Stadium in 90 minutes of action. The Spartans will open the 2014 regular season next Friday night as they host Campbell in the second game of a women’s/men’s soccer doubleheader at 8 p.m. Admission is FREE.
The Spartans out-shot the Flames 11-7 in the contest, including a 7-0 advantage in the first half. Liberty settled in during the second half and held a 7-4 edge in shots in the final 45 minutes of play.
Liberty opened the scoring in the 14th minute as it took advantage of a little lucky bounce getting an own goal by UNCG to take a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans held the run of the play besides the own goal and senior Austin Miller (High Point, N.C./High Point Central) drew a penalty kick in the 29th minute as he was hauled down in the box. Junior Lukas Zarges (Freidrichsdorf, Germany/Phillip Reis Schulle) stepped up for the second straight game to take the penalty kick, but Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik saved his shot to keep the Flames in front.
The Spartans kept attacking and had a chance in the 36th minute as freshman Tommi Gardarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/Commerce College of Iceland) ripped a shot from eight-yards out but once again Sutarik was there to thwart the effort.
UNCG finally tied the game in the 39th minute of action coming off a counter attack. Gardarsson made a run down the left-hand side and beat a Liberty defender before sending a cross through the six-yard box. Miller was on the back post and ripped a shot on goal but Sutarik saved the initial attempt. The rebound came back to Miller and this time he buried it in the back of the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
The teams went back-and-forth for most of the second half with Liberty getting a couple of chances off of UNCG miscues on the backline. Freshman goalkeeper William Pyle (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) made two saves in the second half to keep the game tied while the Spartans also had a team save in the second half.
The Spartans open the season Friday night against Campbell. Game time is set for 8 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.