GREENSBORO, NC – Randi Patterson scored twice to make him the seventh player in school history to score 50 career goals, but it was Mike Richardson who broke a 2-2 tie with 5:33 to play that lifted UNC Greensboro to a 3-2 win over Stetson in non-conference men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Richardson, who had a goal and an assist in Friday night’s win over Jacksonville, hit a blast from 14 yards out off a feed by Scott Jones for the game-winner and keep the Spartans perfect on the season (2-0-0). Richardson, a senior from Dobson, NC, also added an assist to give him six points already this season (2g, 2a) after logging just eight points (3g, 2a) all of last year.
Patterson, a two-time All-American and a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, scored a pair of goals 12:29 apart to bring UNCG back from a pair of deficits. Stetson scored first off a corner kick at 5:54. Set Carpentiro knocked home a rebound from right in front of the net to give the Hatters a 1-0 lead. Patterson, however, scored at 12:15 to tie the score. Richardson intercepted a pass and tipped it ahead to Patterson, who chipped it over the encroaching keeper from 20 yards out.
Stetson’s Tanner Wolfe, who assisted on the first goal, gave the Hatters a 2-1 lead at 18:11. Ben Dyon lobbed a long free kick into the box and Wolfe headed it just under the cross bar from 12 yards out to give Stetson (0-2-0) the lead again.
But Patterson tied the game again at 24:44 and became the seventh Spartan to score 50 career goals in the process. Jones made a nifty run, weaving through several defenders. He fed the ball to Patterson, who hit a blast from nine yards away to tie the score and surpass the milestone. Jones, also a Hermann Trophy candidate now has 34 assists in his career, which ranks sixth in UNCG history.
Patterson, a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy last year, is only the third to do it in UNCG’s Division I era, the last one to do it being Alejandro Moreno, who currently plays for Houston in the MLS. In Patterson’s career, UNCG is 35-8-0 when he records at least one point, including 29-3-0 over the last three seasons. In 67 career matches, Patterson has 50 goals and 18 assists for 118 points, which is 10th-best all-time at UNCG.
UNCG outshot Stetson, 19-8, on the day. Freshman Chad Janda, making his collegiate debut, picked up the win in goal for the Spartans.
UNCG will host Campbell on Wednesday at 7 pm.
Stetson............. 2 0 - 2
UNC Greensboro...... 2 1 - 3
SCORING SUMMARY: STET Carpentiro (Mehrens, Wolfe), 5:54; UNCG Patterson (Richardson), 12:15; STET Wolfe (Dyon), 18:11; UNCG Patterson (Jones), 24:44; UNCG Richardson (Jones), 84:27. Shots: Stetson 8, UNC Greensboro 19. Saves: Stetson 7 (White 7), UNC Greensboro 2 (Janda 1; TEAM 1). Corner kicks: UNC Greensboro 6, Stetson 2. Fouls: Stetson 17, UNC Greensboro 11.
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