GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG men's soccer will hope to continue the momentum they've picked up since the start of conference season, hosting the visiting Wofford Terriers this Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Spartans have opened the SoCon season with back-to-back wins over VMI and Belmont, scoring six goals to their opponents' one over the course of those two matches.
Head Coach Chris Rich's side has picked up play during the month of October, delivering a 2-1-1 record after starting the season 2-6-0. The side has surrendered just three goals over the past 18 calendar days, entering the final five matches of the season with an even goal differential.
The Terriers have gone undefeated in the opening stages of the SoCon season as well, drawing with the Belmont Bruins 3-3 last Saturday, and claiming a 3-2 overtime win over the Mercer Bears on Tuesday. The club has not gone three straight matches without a loss in 2019 however, as they face a UNCG side looking to stay on top of the Southern Conference table.
• UNCG is 23-7-1 against the Terriers all-time, most recently defeating the side 1-0 in the first round of last year's Southern Conference tournament
• The Spartans' win over Belmont gives them their first 2-0 record in SoCon play since 2016, the program hasn't started the conference season 3-0 since 2005, when the Spartans reached the third round of the NCAA Championship tournament
• UNCG has given up just three goals in their past four matches, with freshman goalkeeper Brendan Pulley delivering a 0.73 GAA and a .727 save percentage in that span
• Payne McKiver's goal at Belmont was the first of the junior's career, receiving a long ball from Matthew Skinner, who recorded his first helper as a Spartan
• Senior Faisal Almubaslat tallied the game-winner in Nashville on a PK, the Spartans are a perfect three-for-three from the spot this year
• Albert Pedra and Micah Albert are tied for a team lead in goals (5) and points (11), the latter however has taken just 19 shots on the entire season, giving him a team best shooting percentage of .263
• The Spartans lead the Southern Conference in corner kick opportunities this year at 5.50 per match, and are within the top-60 in the country
• Wofford's 10.33 fouls per game rank 21st in all of Division I, only 12 teams in the country have produced more red cards as well
• Freshman Adrian Roseth is the Terrier's lone player with double-digit points this year, the Norwegian forward has a team best five goals in 2019
COMING UP NEXT
The Spartans face their final two road challenges of the 2019 regular season, with back-to-back matches against Furman and ETSU next week. UNCG is 20-17-4 against the Paladins all-time, while holding a 4-6-5 record against the Bucs.
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