GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team closes out the regular season Sunday evening as it travels to Southern Conference rival Furman for a pivotal game. The game has been moved to Sunday with a 6 p.m. start at Stone Stadium in Greenville, S.C., due to forecasted heavy rain Saturday night in the area. Sunday’s game will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with links available at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter Sunday’s game tied for first place in the SoCon standings with ETSU. UNCG can claim a share of the SoCon regular season title with a win Sunday or if it gets a result from the ETSU-Wofford game Saturday night. The Spartans will know their SoCon scenarios Saturday night in preparation for the game Sunday.
UNCG owns a 6-2-1 record in league, good for 19 points and the six wins are the most of any team in the league this year. ETSU also sits at 19 points with a 5-0-4 league record prior to hosting Wofford Saturday night. The Spartans are 9-2-1 over their last 12 games, including a 5-1-0 in their last six. UNCG enters Sunday’s game winners of three-straight, posting results over Wofford, Mercer and VMI.
The Spartans have scored 26 goals in 17 games, including 13 goals in their current three-game winning streak. UNCG has allowed just 13 goals against this season. Thirteen different players have scored goals this season with junior midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe (Milton Keynes, England) and freshman forward Nelson Oceano (Berlin, Germany) tied for the team lead with 11 points. Both Maguraushe and Oceano have scored three goals and dished out five assists. Maguraushe dished out a pair of assists last time out in the Spartans win over VMI.
Sophomore forward Faisal Almubaslat (Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford) has scored three goals and dished out two assists on the year, good for eight points. Junior forward Matt Mattis (Little Stoke, England) leads the team with four goals and freshman Tyson Hichman (Asheville, N.C./West Henderson) has posted three goals on the year.
Junior goalkeeper Jon Milligan (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) has played 1603:51 in goal and owns a SoCon-leading 0.73 goals against average. Milligan boasts a .803 save percentage and has recorded nine shutouts on the year to lead the league.
Sunday’s game marks the 38th meeting all-time between UNCG and Furman. The Spartans hold an 18-15-4 record against the Paladins, including four-straight wins. UNCG went 3-0-0 against Furman last season and posted a 2-0 victory earlier this season over the then-nationally ranked Paladins. The Spartans scored early as Maguraushe converted a fourth-minute penalty kick as Furman was issued an early red card and Almubaslat gave UNCG a 2-0 lead with a goal in the 25th minute of action.
Furman enters Sunday’s game with a 10-4-3 overall record and a 4-2-3 mark in league play. The Paladins are currently in third place in the league but cannot move into the top two of the standings. Furman has been playing well lately, posting a 3-0-1 record over its last four with wins over VMI, Mercer and Wofford along with a tie against ETSU.
Furman has scored 30 goals in 17 games while allowing 14 goals against. Eleven different players have scored and six players have scored at least three goals. Laurence Wyke leads the Paladins with seven goals and four assists while Danny Kierath is second on the team with three goals and six assists. Connor Hubbard and Cole McLagan have each tallied four goals this year. Ben Hale has played 1478:30 in goal and owns a 0.85 goals against average with six shutouts.
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