GREENSBORO, NC – Scott Jones celebrated his 23rd birthday with a goal and Henning Jonasson and Thomas Campbell each had a goal and an assist as UNC Greensboro broke out of a scoring drought with a 4-0 win over Coastal Carolina in men’s soccer action at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
A crowd of 1,671 watched UNCG (5-4-1) snap a three-game winless streak and Coastal Carolina (4-4-2) extend its winless skid to five straight (0-3-2). The Spartans had scored just one goal in their last three matches, including their first back-to-back shutouts since 1995, but broke out against the Chanticleers early on Friday night in a match televised internationally by Fox Soccer Channel.
Jones, a Hermann Trophy candidate from Dallas, TX got the scoring started at 11:54. After a feed from Henning Jonasson, Jones blasted a one-timer from 16 yards out into the lower left corner of the goal. It was Jones’ third goal of the season and gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Jonasson and Jones sort of teamed up for UNCG’s second goal, as well. Jones was making a run through the box when he was taken down by a Coastal Carolina defender. The foul resulted in a penalty kick, which Jonasson promptly blasted into the net for a 2-0 advantage at 16:29.
The scored stayed that way until midway through the second half. Jokull Elisabetarson connected from eight yards out on a one-timer after a pass from Campbell to put the game virtually out of reach, 3-0, at the 66:09 mark. It was the first goal of the season for the native of Iceland.
Campbell closed out the scoring at 79:20. Hermann Trophy candidate Randi Patterson flicked the ball to Campbell, who hit a one-timer into the left corner from 10 yards out for his second goal of the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Nate Berry recorded his second consecutive shutout and third of the season, logging five saves in the process. UNCG had a 14-12 advantage in shots on goal. Coastal Carolina held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Spartans, who avoided their first four match winless streak since 1980 with the win, return to action on Tuesday when they travel to conference rival Davidson for a 7 pm match.
Coastal Carolina.... 0 0 - 0
UNC Greensboro...... 2 2 - 4
SCORING SUMMARY: UNCG Jones (Jonasson), 11:54; UNCG Jonasson (penalty kick), 16:29; UNCG Elisabetarson (1) (Campbell), 66:03; UNCG Campbell (2) (Patterson), 79:20. Shots: Coastal Carolina 12, UNC Greensboro 14. Saves: Coastal Carolina 5 (Weant 5), UNC Greensboro 6 (Berry 6). Corner kicks: Coastal Carolina 8, UNC Greensboro 5. Fouls: Coastal Carolina 5, UNC Greensboro 13.
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