GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s soccer team looks to continue its winning ways Sunday afternoon as the Spartans host Southern Conference foe Western Carolina. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with links available at www.uncgspartans.com. Admission is FREE!
The Spartans enter Sunday’s game with a 5-6-1 overall record and a 2-1-0 mark in Southern Conference play. UNCG is coming off a 2-0 victory Friday night at home over ETSU. Junior midfielder Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir (Akureyri, Iceland) and sophomore forward Cienna Rideout (Las Vegas, Nev./Coronado) scored the goals for the Spartans as UNCG controlled play throughout the game. UNCG has scored 11 goals in 12 games and has allowed 18 goals against this season.
Junior defender Emily Jensen (Nelson, New Zealand/Santa Clara) leads the Spartans in scoring with eight total points, scoring three goals and handing out two assists. Jensen has scored two game-winning goals this year, finding the winner against High Point and Wofford.
Freshman Quiqui Hita (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) is second on the team in scoring with two goals and one assists while senior Regan Lehman (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) is third on the team with two goals, both coming last weekend at Wofford.
Freshman goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) has taken over the starting spot for the Spartans and has a 1.20 goals against average with three shutouts. Tyler-Cooper has made 53 saves this season while playing 976:47 in goal.
Sunday’s game marks the 25th meeting between UNCG and Western Carolina. The Spartans hold a commanding 19-3-2 record all-time against the Catamounts. UNCG has won five straight in the series and is 11-1-1 over the last 13 meetings with Western Carolina. Last year, the Spartans posted a 1-0 victory over WCU in Cullowhee as Melanie Spensiero (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) scored the game’s lone goal just 3:25 into the game.
Western Carolina enters Sunday’s game with a 4-7-1 overall record and a 1-2-0 mark in Southern Conference play. The Catamounts are coming off a 1-0 overtime win at VMI Friday afternoon. WCU has played four-straight 1-0 games, posting a 1-3-0 mark during the stretch including a 1-0 loss at No. 25 N.C. State. The Catamounts have dropped league games at home to Samford and Chattanooga.
Western Carolina has scored 17 goals in 12 games while allowing 19 goals against. Megan McCalister leads the Catamounts in scoring with 11 points on the strength of four goals and three assists. Sayres McKenna is second on the team with three goals and three assists while Emily Threatt has scored three goals. Jacquelyn Gnassi has played 601:37 in goal and has a 1.20 goals against average with 44 saves. Natalia Icen has played 523.29 in goal and has a 1.89 goals against average with 25 saves.
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