GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s soccer team returns home for homecoming weekend starting with Samford Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Friday’s game against Samford will honor the 25th anniversary of the UNCG women’s soccer program as alumni will be honored at halftime. The Spartans take on Chattanooga Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. to finish the weekend at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
“It's a big weekend all the way around,” head coach Steve Nugent said. “We are really excited to invite a lot of our alumni back to celebrate our 25th year here at UNCG. From a soccer perspective, this weekend has set itself up to be incredibly important for us and we have to get the points.”
UNCG is currently 8-6-2, 3-2-2 in the SoCon after going 1-1 last weekend against Davidson (W, 1-0) and Georgia Southern (L, 1-0). The Spartans are just three points from second place with the top four teams hosting a first round game in the Southern Conference tournament.
Sophomore Chesney White (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) leads the team with five goals for 10 points and has taken 41 shots. Freshman Georgia Brown (Dunedin, New Zealand/St. Hilda's Collegiate) is second on the team with three goals and two assists. Junior Ashley Stokes (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) is third with three goals and sophomore Katherine Rodriguez (Franklin, Tennessee/Father Ryan) has a goal with two assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook) leads UNCG in net with seven shutouts, 82 saves and 0.84 goals against average in 16 games.
Samford enters the weekend with an 11-4-1 record and sits third in the SoCon at 4-2-1. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-1 weekend after falling to the Citadel 3-2 and earning a 2-1 win against Francis Marion. Amanda Abbott leads the team with seven goals, while Trine Taule and Malcanisha Kelley each have five goals. Katie Peters is 6-2 with four shutouts in nine games played in net.
Chattanooga is 5-10 overall but hasn’t won a Southern Conference game at 0-7. Crystal Mackenzk, Clare Latham and Monice Speth lead the team with five goals apiece. Mackenzk also leads the team with seven assists for 17 points. In net, Taylor Mangrum has 90 saves in 13 games played for the Mocs.
Live stats and live video will be available via UNCGspartans.com.
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