GREENSBORO, N.C. – After wrapping up non-conference play last Sunday with a 1-0 win at William & Mary, UNCG dives into the meat of its schedule this weekend with a two-game road trip to South Carolina to open Southern Conference action at Wofford and Furman.
The Spartans will take on Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before making the short trip over the Greenville, South Carolina to battle Furman at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network, with links to live video and stats available at UNCGSpartans.com.
The Spartans are undefeated in their 25 previous meetings with Wofford, maintaining a 21-0-4 record. Last season, the Spartans and Terriers battled to a 0-0 draw in Greensboro. The all-time series with Furman has been far tighter, with UNCG holding a slim 15-13-3 advantage. The two teams met twice a year ago, with the Blue & Gold topping the Paladins 4-0 at home but dropping a 1-0 contest to Furman in the SoCon Tournament.
UNCG concluded non-conference play with a 3-5-1 overall record, ending on a high note with a key road win over a quality William & Mary side. The Spartans grabbed the lead early in the second half on a Quiqui Hita (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) side-footed goal off of an Emily Jensen (Nelson, New Zealand/Santa Clara) assist.
The Tribe didn’t go away quietly, pushing numbers forward for the last 30 minutes. However, keeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) was game for the task, making six saves to keep the clean sheet.
Wofford enters Friday’s affair winners of its last four matches after opening the season with four consecutive defeats. In their last time out, the Terriers blasted Alabama A&M 4-0 thanks to a hat trick from Hayley Younginger.
Younginger leads the nation in scoring with 13 goals on the season, four more than any other player. The sophomore carries the bulk of the load for the Terriers, with the rest of the team totaling eight goals. Hannah Washko has benefited from Younginer’s finishing, recording a team-high five assists.
Three keepers have all seen significant time in goal for Wofford, with Alex Carroll leading the team at 318:37. Carroll has surrendered 12 goals, posting a 3.39 goals against average with 20 saves.
Furman comes into the weekend with a 4-2-1 overall record, recently having secured shutout wins over South Carolina State and Kennesaw State by a total margin of 8-0.
The Paladins are averaging 3.29 goals per game, with Molly Dwyer leading the way with five goals. Dwyer has also recorded a trio of assists for a team-high 13 points on the season. Furman has also held up well defensively, allowing just a goal per game to its opponents. Starting keeper Kellsey Weaver has appeared in six games, allowing six total goals for a 1.26 GAA.
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