JOHNSON CITY, TENN.- UNC Greensboro men’s soccer’s run through the Southern Conference Tournament ended on Sunday in the Championship Game, as the Spartans fell to Furman 3-0 at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
While neither team was able to record a shot in the first 20 minutes of action, Furman jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two goals in a 10-minute span by Paladins midfielder Emery May. On his first goal scored in the 21st minute, May took a pass from Laurence Wyke before burying it in the corner of the net, beating UNCG senior goalkeeper Jon Milligan in the process.
Nine minutes later, May tallied his second goal of the game when he headed home a ball inside the six-yard box.
UNCG continued to fight, recording six first half shots, but was unable to beat SoCon Goalkeeper of the Year Ben Hale.
The Spartans spent most of the second half in Furman’s third of the field but were unable to net a goal to cut into the deficit. Early on in the frame, UNCG nearly struck off a throw in from Austin Matthews that was located in front of the Paladins’ net, but Hale was able to make a diving save to prevent a Spartans goal.
At the 70-minute mark, Nelson Oceano nearly got one back for the Spartans off a corner kick from Faisal Almubaslat, but his shot just sailed over the crossbar. Then in the 79th minute, UNCG had a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box but Almubaslat’s attempt skied over the goal.
With three minutes remaining in the contest, Furman padded their lead as Conor Sloan put the Paladins up 3-0 before the final whistle blew.
With the result, the Spartans finished the season with an 8-9-2 record. It was the final game for a talented group of seniors as well in Milligan and Matthews along with Elyas Omar, Jesper Larsson, Matt Mattis, Moises Gonzalez, Josh Masten and Leeroy Magarushe. They combined to appear in nearly 400 games with more than 200 starts during their collective time at UNCG.
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