GREENSBORO, N.C.- Hosting the No. 16 team in the country, UNC Greensboro’s men’s soccer team was unable to score a victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday evening, falling by a final of 2-0 at UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Spartans are now 2-4-0 on the season.
“Obviously disappointed to lose the game, but I think we showed tonight that we can go toe-to-toe with a top 20 team in the country,” said Head Coach Justin Maullin. “I say toe-to-toe because I thought we were better other than the first free kick and the last kick of the game. I thought we showed that we’re every bit as good as one of the top teams in the country. I thought it was our best performance for a full 90 minutes.”
The Hokies quickly got on the board to open up scoring as sophomore defender Jon Ingason scored off a free kick less than six minutes into the game, as his shot redirected off the Spartans’ wall before finding the net past a diving Ricky Zarri.
As play evened out over the next few minutes, the Spartans and Hokies had to sit through a two-plus-hour weather delay with 29:59 left in the first half.
Returning to the field after more than a two-hour wait, the Spartans remained down 1-0 going into halftime. Throughout the first half following the rain delay, UNCG stretched the field and created changes including a Faisal Almubaslat open shot on goalkeeper Mathijs Swanevel that was saved.
The Spartans spent a majority of the second half on the Hokies’ side of the field, but were unable to pull even. UNCG’s attacking mentality netted a string of four corners within 90 seconds at one point, but the Hokies’ defensive line held strong. Payne McKiver also nearly connected on a cross with Jacob Planell, but the freshman was unable to score off the pass.
The Hokies were then able to extend their lead with a little more than five minutes left in the contest as Nico Quashie scored his second goal of the year.
The Spartans were originally scheduled to face Elon at home on Saturday evening, but that game has been cancelled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence. With this change, UNCG’s next contest will take place one week from tonight against North Carolina. In the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, the Tar Heels are currently ranked third in the country with a 4-1-0 record.
North Carolina received a total of 629 votes including two first place votes.
The match will mark the second consecutive season in which the Spartans have hosted the Tar Heels, having done so on Sept. 4, 2017 in a 1-0 loss.
The matchup will mark the 13th meeting between the two schools, with North Carolina winning eight of the previous 12.
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