GREENSBORO, N.C. - Already owning a share of this year's Southern Conference Regular Season title, UNCG men's soccer faces its final test before next week's SoCon tournament, hosting the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday at 7 p.m.
In addition to the evening match the Spartans will recognize defenders Casey Penland, Tevyn Henry and Aidan Wixted, along with wingers Faisal Almubaslat and Albert Pedra and goalkeeper Connor Cochrane during this year's 'senior day' celebration.
With a win over ODU this weekend the Spartans will secure a .500 record in regular season play, while clinching a streak of four straight victories playing at home.
In addition to UNCG's match against the Monarchs, Spartan fans may also be keeping an eye on this Saturday's SoCon matchup between Furman and Belmont. While UNCG has already secured a co-championship with the Paladins, a loss or draw for Furman this weekend would make the Spartans outright champs, in addition to securing a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and guaranteeing home field advantage throughout the entire SoCon postseason.
Spartans Clinch A No. 1 Seed in The SoCon Tournament:
If Belmont can draw or defeat Furman this Saturday in Greenville, S.C.
• The Spartans are 3-2-0 against Old Dominion all-time. The pair have not played one another since 2008, where the Monarchs defeated UNCG 2-1 in Greensboro
• This is the fourth time since 2009 that the Spartans have ended the regular season against a non-conference opponent, they have gone undefeated in all of those contests
• Micah Albert's game-winner against Mercer on Tuesday gives the forward a team-high of six on the season, and ties him for fifth in the Southern Conference
• Collecting assists on both of the Spartans' goals against the Bears, midfielder Nelson Oceano has a career-high of six helpers this year, putting him third in the SoCon
• The Spartans can clinch home field advantage for the entire SoCon tournament, with a Furman draw or loss to Belmont this weekend. UNCG has not lost a match in Greensboro since September 21st
• UNCG is on a streak of 185 shutout minutes after blanking Mercer 2-0 and ETSU 1-0. The side has five shutouts on the year, four of which have come in conference
• Freshman goalkeeper Brendan Pulley ranks 31st in Division I men's soccer with a 0.89 goals against average, while his .727 save percentage sits second in the conference
• Junior midfielder Deniz Dogan leads the Monarchs with four goals and nine points overall, he's responsible for 33 percent of his team's overall scoring in 2019
• ODU has a combined 30 yellow cards and five reds on the year, and average 13.92 fouls per match
COMING UP NEXT
The Spartans await their seeding for this year's Southern Conference Championships tournament. The side has already clinched a 'bye' round as the No. 2 seed or better, and hopes to clinch the top spot with a Furman loss or draw this weekend against Belmont.
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