GREENSBORO, N.C.- Despite a lopsided 25-11 advantage in shots, UNC Greensboro’s men’s soccer team begin 2018 Southern Conference action with a 2-2 tie against Belmont on Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The tie was the Spartans’ first of the season, as UNCG now has a record of 4-6-1.
“Some really bad points dropped tonight against a team that we should have gotten three points against,” said Head Coach Justin Maullin. “First 45 minutes we were excellent and we really needed to put them away. It was four, five goals on the table and we should have put them away at halftime. But they came out and worked in the second half credit to them. We just have to learn from this. We lacked composure and we lacked experience in the second half and we have to put a full 90 together if we’re going to get any sort of results in this league.”
The Spartans’ attack-first mindset overwhelmed Belmont in the first half, as UNCG collected 14 shots with two goals. In the sixth minute, a quick corner kick from Austin Matthews to Leeroy Maguraushe turned into Casey Penland’s first goal of the year. Then in the 37th minute, Moises Gonzalez took advantage of a perfectly placed pass from Julian Montoya for his first goal of the year.
Belmont nearly struck off a Niccolo Dagnoni free kick late in the opening frame, but a diving Jon Milligan recorded the save.
The Bruins would cut the Spartans’ lead in half early in the second frame, as Ares Marlonsson scored his second goal of the year when he took a pass from Nigel Leo just inside the 18-yard box to score in the 52nd minute. Marlonsson also struck in the 81st minute off a cross from Matteo Bennati.
The two teams would each have their chances in the overtime frames, but none resulted in a goal before the final whistle.
UNCG will continue SoCon action this upcoming Tuesday when it faces Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network.
Wofford collected a 1-7-1 record in non-conference play with the Terriers’ lone win coming in a 1-0 decision against Winthrop on Sept. 2.
Last season, UNCG and Wofford each scored a victory on the other school’s field, with the Spartans falling 2-1 in overtime at home before exacting revenge in a 6-1 victory at Wofford two weeks later.
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