GREENSBORO, NC - Randi Patterson scored twice off feeds from D.J. McCurry and Nate Berry earned his fifth shutout of the season as top-seeded UNC Greensboro advanced in the Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament with a 2-0 win over Wofford on Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Patterson, a senior from Hackensack, NJ, scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season and moved into seventh place on the school’s career scoring list. He now has 135 career points, passing Eddie Radwanski. With 58 career goals now, Patterson is alone in the fifth place on the UNCG career goal-scoring list.
UNCG (12-7-0) took a 1-0 lead just 2:32 into the contest. McCurry, a sophomore from Gastonia, NC, played a long ball up the right sideline from near midfield. Patterson controlled it and dribbled ahead before the defense to get an angle on him. He then hit a shot from 15 yards out past the charging keeper for the early lead.
The score stayed that way until early in the second half. At 51:06, McCurry played a ball from the right sideline about 35 yards out. The pass appeared to be intended for Thomas Campbell, but Campbell got his feet tangled and the ball skipped clear through to Patterson on the doorstep. He then chested the ball into the net for his 10th tally of the year and a 2-0 lead.
With the win, UNCG continued its domination over the Terriers. UNCG is 13-0-0 all-time against Wofford. The Spartans won a first round match for the ninth time in 10 years of SoCon Tournament action and are now 16-7-0 all-time in SoCon Tournament play. Wofford (2-15-1) is winless in nine SoCon Tournament games, falling to 0-9-0.
UNCG will face the winner of Sunday’s match between fourth-seeded College of Charleston and fifth-seeded Appalachian State in next Friday’s semifinal round. The semifinal match, to be played at Furman University in Greenville, SC, will get underway at 4:30 pm. The other semifinal match, slated for approximately 7 pm, will pit No. 3-seeded Furman, a 2-0 winner over Elon, against No. 2 Georgia Southern, a 2-1 winner over Davidson on Saturday afternoon.
Wofford............. 0 0 - 0
UNC Greensboro...... 1 1 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: UNCG Patterson (McCurry), 2:32; UNCG Patterson (McCurry), 51:06. Shots: Wofford 8, UNC Greensboro 14. Saves: Wofford 7 (Hunter 7), UNC Greensboro 3 (Berry 3). Corner kicks: Wofford 6, UNC Greensboro 2. Fouls: Wofford 10, UNC Greensboro 11.
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