GREENSBORO, N.C. – Despite a career-high eight saves by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Moffitt (Burlington, N.C./Williams), the UNCG men’s soccer dropped a hard fought 1-0 decision to regional foe Winthrop Wednesday night at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Eagles scored with 1:53 seconds left in regulation to remain unbeaten on the season at 6-0-1.
The first half saw a majority of the play held in the midfield with the Spartans owning a 7-3 edge in shots in the first 45 minutes. UNCG had one of its best chances in the 29th minute as Winthrop was called for a foul 25 yards from goal. Sophomore Lukas Zarges (Freidrichsdorf, Germany/Phillip Reis Schulle) stepped forward and ripped a shot over the wall and just over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
The Spartans (4-4-0) had another prime scoring chance in the 39th minute off a corner kick. Junior David Reittinger (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest) found a little space 15 yards out and sent a shot to the far corner, but a Winthrop defender blocked the scoring attempt. The clearance came out to defender Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C./Lees-McRae) who let a rocket of a shot go from 35-yards out that just skimmed off the cross bar to keep the score 0-0.
Winthrop came out after the break and started to turn the tables on the Spartans as the Eagles held an 11-3 edge in shots in the second half. Moffitt held Winthrop in check for most of the second half as he posted seven saves, including blanking Adam Brundle in the 48th minute from 15 yards out.
Moffitt came up with his biggest save of the night in the 65th minute of play. Max Hasenstab got in behind the UNCG defense and was alone with the goalkeeper but Moffitt was able to making a diving stab to keep the game scoreless.
UNCG had its best scoring chance in the second half in the 76th minute of play off a corner kick. The initial set piece was sent into the box and cleared out by Winthrop but sophomore Noah DeAngelo (Burlington, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) got on the end of the clearance and struck a shot form 25 yards out just over the cross bar.
Winthrop finally was able to break through in the 89th minute of play. Achille Obougou got the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and held possession before sending a through ball behind the Spartans’ back line. Hasenstab ran onto the pass and took advantage of his second one-on-one opportunity as he was able to poke it past Moffitt for the game-winning goal with only 1:53 left in the contest.
Moffitt posted a career-high eight saves in the loss and surpassed his previous total by four saves. Winthrop goalkeeper Guilherme Avelar posted two saves in 90 minutes to pick up the win and his third shutout of the season.
UNCG returns to action Saturday night as it concludes its three-game home stretch as the Spartans welcome in Longwood for a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
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