GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG women's soccer begins its journey toward a three-peat this Sunday, kicking off this year's Southern Conference tournament play with a quarterfinal against Chattanooga. As the No. 3 seed, the Spartans have earned home field advantage against the No. 6 Mocs, hoping to advance to the conference semifinals for a third consecutive year.
Winning the 2018 and 2017 tournaments as a No. 2 and No. 3 seed respectively, a tournament victory in 2019 would make this year's senior class the fifth in program history to make three NCAA tournament appearances in a single career, while becoming the second in history to reach the championship in three consecutive campaigns.
• The Spartans are 20-3-2 against Chattanooga all-time, and are a perfect 2-0 when playing the Mocs in the postseason
• UNCG has not lost to UTC since 2005, looking to stretch its 16-match unbeaten streak against the side
• Freshman keeper Abby Buchholz collected her sixth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over ETSU last week, she and the Spartan defense have surrendered an average of just .89 goals per match against conference opponents
• With her goal against WCU last Friday, Cienna Rideout now has 30 career finishes for the Spartans, putting her within a single goal of the No. 7 spot on UNCG's all-time scoring list and two away from the No. 6 slot
• Rideout extended her current point-streak to three games after assisting on Kaley Tucker's game-winner against ETSU
• 2019 is the third year in a row UNCG has clinched home field advantage in the SoCon tournament quarterfinals. They won both of those tournament matches on their way to back-to-back tourney championships
• UTC leads the SoCon with a goals against average of just 0.75, placing them 38th overall in Division I women's soccer
• Chattanooga goalkeepers Abbey Saddler and Ashton Shields have combined for eight clean sheets on the season thus far, with the former holding a 0.46 GAA and .870 save percentage over her six starts
COMING UP NEXT
With a victory over the No. 6 Mocs, UNCG would advance to the conference semifinals to play the winner of the contest between No. 2 Furman and No. 7 Wofford. The Spartans defeated the Terriers 1-0 on the road during the regular season, while the Paladins defeated UNCG 2-0 in Greenville at the start of October.
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