GREENSBORO, NC – Barat Killian scored the game-winner on a head with 6:06 to play as Appalachian State handed UNC Greensboro its first conference loss of the season with a 3-2 setback on Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The loss snapped UNCG’s four-game winning streak and five-game unbeaten streak. UNC Greensboro remains in first place in the Southern Conference, but saw its lead over the pack dwindle. UNCG has 10 points with a 3-1-1 mark, followed by College of Charleston at 3-0-0 for nine points. Those two teams meet in Charleston, SC on Wednesday night. Elon and Appalachian State are now tied for third with seven points with identical 2-1-1 marks.
Killian’s header was an odd play. Shawn Berting floated the ball into the box from the right side of the field. Killian was amidst three UNCG players in front of the goal and got a head on it, but did not make real solid contact. Instead, the ball floated high in the air over the crowd and just tucked into the top right corner of the goal to break a 2-2 deadlock.
After Appalachian State (7-4-1, 2-1-1) had taken an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Paul Pessina, the Spartans came back to take a 2-1 lead. Thomas Campbell scored his fourth goal of the season at 25:37 on a blast from the top right corner of the box to tie the score.
The score remained that way until the second half when Henning Jonasson scored at 62:30 on a beautifully placed free kick from 22 yards out into the top right corner of the goal. It was Jonasson’s fourth goal of the season and gave the Spartans a 2-1 advantage.
But Appalachian State tied the score less than five minutes later. McCoy Livingston got his head on a ball off the foot of Corey Lugger. The ball went just inside the right post, glancing off the post and possibly a defender before going into the net, to tie the score. The assist was Lugger’s second of the night.
UNCG (8-5-1, 3-1-1) outshot Appalachian State, 14-8, for the night and had an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Entering Saturday night's contest, UNCG was 17-2-4 over the last four years in SoCon regular season play, 20-4-4 including conference tournment action.
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Appalachian State... 1 2 - 3
UNC Greensboro...... 1 1 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: ASU Pessina (Lugger), 18:58; UNCG Campbell (Jones), 25:37; UNCG Jonasson (unassisted), 62:30; ASU Livingston (Lugger), 67:11; ASU Killian (Berting), 83:54. Shots: Appalachian State 8, UNC Greensboro 14. Saves: Appalachian State 5 (Walters 5), UNC Greensboro 4 (Berry 4). Corner Kicks: Appalachian State 5, UNC Greensboro 11. Fouls: Appalachian State 10, UNC Greensboro 16.
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