GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s soccer team enters the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament semifinals as the third seed and will face off against regular season co-champion and second-seeded Samford Friday night in Birmingham. The game is the second semifinal game of the night and is set for an 8:30 p.m. (ET) start at the Samford University Track and Soccer Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network with Jason Patterson, Phil Cox and Macy Marin on the call. Links will be available at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter the SoCon Tournament with a 9-7-3 overall record and a 5-2-2 mark in league play, earning the No. 3 seed in the tournament. UNCG enters Friday’s game winners of four-straight and is 4-0-1 in its last five games. The Spartans have posted five-straight shutouts, recording a shutout streak of 484:53. UNCG has not allowed a goal since October 6 in the game at Samford.
Friday’s game marks the 14th appearance in the SoCon Tournament semifinals for the Spartans and the second appearance in the last three years. UNCG owns a 28-11-4 record all-time in the SoCon Tournament, including a 2-0 victory over Chattanooga in the quarterfinal round last weekend. The Spartans have appeared in the SoCon Tournament championship game nine times in program history, winning seven SoCon Tournament titles all-time with the last one coming in 2010.
The Spartans have scored 21 goals in 19 games this season while allowing 22 goals against. Sophomore forward Cienna Rideout (Las Vegas, Nev./Coronado) leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists. Rideout has scored four goals in the last two games, posting three in the regular season finale against The Citadel and one against Chattanooga in the quarterfinal round.
Junior defender Emily Jensen (Nelson, New Zealand/Santa Clara), a First Team All-SoCon selection, is second on the team in scoring with 10 points. Jensen has scored four goals and posted two assists from her defensive position. Senior Regan Lehman (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) is third on the team in scoring with three goals and two assists.
Freshman goalkeeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) has played 1546:47 in goal and owns a 0.99 goals against average. Tyler-Cooper has posted a .823 save percentage on the year while posting seven shutouts, including four in league play.
Fridays game marks the 12th meeting all-time between UNCG and Samford. The Spartans trail the all-time series by a 4-6-1 margin and have dropped four-straight in the series, including a 2-0 loss earlier this year in Birmingham. UNCG last defeated Samford in the 2013 season by a 3-0 score in Greensboro.
Samford shared the SoCon regular season championship with a 13-5-2 overall record and an 8-0-1 mark in league play. The Bulldogs earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament due to goal differential compared to top-seeded Furman. Samford is unbeaten in its last 13 games, going 12-0-1 over the stretch, including three-straight shutouts entering Friday. The Bulldogs are 6-2-2 at home this season with their losses coming to No. 4 Florida State and Michigan State. Samford has not lost at home since August. 27.
The Bulldogs have scored 38 goals in 20 games while holding opponents to 17 goals against. Jermaine Seoposenwe, the SoCon Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring with 33 points. Seoposenwe has scored 12 goals and dished out nine assists this year. Abriella Argueta is one of three players with 12 points this year, scoring five goals and dishing out two assists. Korrie Sauder has posted four goals and four assists while Ella Baggett has scored three goals and dished out six assists.
Anna Maddox played 1740:50 in goal this season, posting a 0.83 goals against average. Maddox posted nine shutouts on the year for the Bulldogs.
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