GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team closes out the non-conference portion of the regular season Saturday night as the Spartans host Appalachian State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network with links available at www.uncgspartans.com.
Saturday’s game marks the 31st meeting all-time between UNCG and Appalachian State, but the first meeting since the Mountaineers left the Southern Conference in 2013. The Spartans hold a commanding 22-8-0 record in the all-time series, including winning the last three meetings and four out of the last five games since 2010.
The Spartans enter Saturday’s game having won back-to-back games to improve to 2-4-1 on the season. UNCG picked up its first win of the year last weekend with a 2-0 victory over UNC Asheville and followed that up with a 1-0 road win at Campbell Wednesday night. The Spartans have scored five goals in seven games while only allowing seven goals against.
Junior forward Matt Mattis (Little Stoke, England) leads the team in scoring with two goals as he has scored the last two for the team. Mattis scored the insurance goal against UNC Asheville last weekend and added the game-winning goal against Campbell. Junior midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe (Milton Keynes, England) has scored a goal along with freshmen Alex Henderson (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) and Sandro Bradara (Stuttgart, Germany).
Junior goalkeeper Jon Milligan (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) has played every minute in goal for the Spartans this season. Milligan owns a 0.97 goals against average and has posted three shutouts, including two straight. He ranks second in the SoCon in goals against average and first in the league in shutouts.
Appalachian State enters Saturday’s game with a 3-3-1 overall record after picking up wins over Central Arkansas, VCU and most recently Longwood. The Mountaineers have dropped games to Old Dominion, ETSU (OT) and Wake Forest while tying Long Island. Appalachian State has scored eight goals in seven games while allowing 10 goals against.
Juan Hernandez leads the team with two goals and an assist, while six other Mountaineers have scored a goal apiece. Jake Chasteen has played every minute in goal so far this season and owns a 1.38 goals against average with one shutout.