GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s soccer team enters its final weekend of the regular season alone in third place in the Southern Conference standings and will host two games during Homecoming festivities, beginning Friday night when the Spartans welcome in Mercer in a pivotal league matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. No video stream will be available for the event, but live stats will be offered via www.uncgspartans.com.
UNCG enters Friday’s game with a 6-7-2 overall record and a 3-2-2 mark in league play, sitting alone in third place with 11 total points with two games remaining. The Spartans hold a one-point lead in the standings over Mercer and Western Carolina while leading ETSU by two points. The top six teams in the regular season standings earn a first round bye in the SoCon Tournament while the top four teams will host quarterfinal contests. The Spartans are set to close out the regular season Sunday afternoon hosting The Citadel.
The Spartans own a 2-1-2 record over their last five games, including a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon over VMI. Senior Regan Lehman (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) moved into a tie for the team-lead with her third goal of the season while freshman goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) recorded her fifth shutout of the year.
Seven different Spartans have scored this season with junior defender Emily Jensen (Nelson, New Zealand/Santa Clara) leading the way with three goals and two assists. Freshman Quiqui Hita (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and junior Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir (Akureyri, Iceland/Carson Newman) are tied for fourth on the team with two goals apiece. Tyler-Cooper has played 1376:47 in goal and owns a 1.11 goals against average. Tyler-Cooper has posted five shutouts and 71 saves.
Friday’s game marks the seventh meeting all-time between UNCG and Mercer and the fourth meeting since the Bears joined the SoCon in 2014. The Spartans hold a 4-1-1 record all-time against Mercer, but their lone loss came last year in Macon when the Bears scored the overtime winner in the 94th minute of play. UNCG posted a 1-0 victory over Mercer in 2015, the last time the Bears visited Greensboro.
Mercer enters Friday’s game with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in league play. The Bears are tied for fourth with 10 points but are 0-3-1 over their last four games with losses to ETSU, Furman and Samford while tying Chattanooga. Prior to its current four-game skid, Mercer had won seven-straight games, including its first three league games of the year.
Mercer has scored 24 goals in 17 games while allowing 21 goals against. Twelve different Bears have scored this season with Ally Fordham leading the way with five goals and two assists. Valeria Bermeo is second on the team with three goals and six assists while Sarah Adcock is third in scoring with three goals and three assists. Jordyn Ebert has played 1279:24 in goal and owns a 1.34 goals against average. Ebert owns a .802 save percentage and has tallied four shutouts this year.
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