GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG men's soccer looks to get back in the win column on Saturday, after taking their first loss of the SoCon season to Furman this past Tuesday. The Spartans 3-0-0 start to conference play was their best since 2005, as the now second-ranked club will hope to climb back atop the Southern Conference table this weekend with a win at ETSU.
The Bucs are coming off back-to-back shutout victories over Mercer and VMI, with a win at home against the Spartans potentially moving the side into the second spot in the league table.
This weekend's matchup will pit a productive UNCG offense that has scored a SoCon-high nine goals in conference play, against a stout ETSU defense that has surrendered just a single goal over three Southern Conference contests in 2019.
• UNCG is 4-6-5 against the Bucs all-time, working to a 1-1 draw against the side in their last meeting, on October 13, 2018
• The Spartans have lost in Johnson City just once since the Bucs joined the Southern Conference, back in 2016 when ETSU stood atop the SoCon table and advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament
• Reigning Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week Brendan Pulley made a career-high six saves against Furman last weekend, he has a .867 save percentage in conference play this year
• Despite their recent loss, the Spartans are still outscoring their SoCon opponents 9-2 thus far, in part due to their conference-leading 15.50 shot attempts per match
• Wofford is the only other team in the SoCon to score nine goals in conference play this year, as they each average a league-best 2.25 goals per contest
• After scoring a brace against the Terriers, senior defender Casey Penland has recorded a career-high five goals on the year, he's tied with forwards Micah Albert and Albert Pedra for a team-high
• Penland, Pedra and Cameron Fowler all have two goals in SoCon play this year, only Wofford's Adrian Roseth (4) and Belmont's Niccolo Dagnoni (3) have more in 2019
• The Buccaneers offense is led by Norwegian-born forward Hauk Andreas Fossen, whose seven goals on the year sit second in the Southern Conference overall
• ETSU keeper Josh Perryman leads the SoCon in both goals against average (1.03) and save percentage (.770), he's the only netminder in the conference with a better GAA than UNCG's Pulley (1.11)
COMING UP NEXT
With just two regular season matchups remaining, the Spartans will look toward their sixth and final Southern Conference matchup of the year at home against Mercer on Tuesday. UNCG is 10-7-0 against the Bears all-time.
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