GREENSBORO, N.C. - Thomas Campbell scored two goals and A.J. Nelson added a goal and two assists as UNC Greensboro cruised to a 6-0 win over Georgia Southern in Southern Conference men's soccer action on Saturday.
Keeper Peyton Ford posted nine saves in notching his third shutout of the season.
UNCG's six-goal explosion was its highest scoring output since a 6-0 win over Georgia Southern (0-13-1, 0-4-3 SoCon) in the first round of the SoCon tournament in 2005.
Campbell got the scoring started for the Spartans (5-7-3, 2-1-1 SoCon) in just the sixth minute, taking a Nelson through ball at the top of the box and beating GSU keeper Mike Gubosh one-on-one.
Campbell added his second score in the 56th minute to make it a 5-0 contest, scoring on a nearly identical play. E.J. O'Keeffe split a pair of Eagle defenders to hit Campbell in stride at the top of the box, and Campbell dribbled in and again beat Gubosh one-on-one. Ryan Davis also picked up an assist on the play.
Campbell had a couple of solid opportunities to complete the hat trick, but Gubosh stopped a shot at point-blank range and Campbell had another goal waved off for offides.
Nelson had assists on each of the Spartans' first two goals. In the 31st minute, Nelson took a ball down to the right touchline and slid a pass to Will Mack, who converted from 8 yards out to make it a 2-0 affair.
Cruz Oronos notched his second goal of the 2009 campaign just moments later, stealing a ball in the midfield, dribbling in and firing a shot lower left from 20 yards out at the 31:18 mark, just a minute and a half after checking into the game.
Nelson got in on the scoring act in the 51st minute, nodding home a Mike Magnotic free kick from about 12 yards out.
Joe Layton capped the scoring in the 80th minute, coming up with a takeaway and finishing top shelf for the final goal of the evening.
John Cox paced the Eagles with five shots in the game, including a strike with just under 16 minutes left that Ford was forced to punch over the crossbar.
Gubosh made six saves but allowed six goals for GSU.
UNCG held a 21-17 shot advantage and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday at Appalachian State. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m.
Georgia Southern (0-13-1, 0-4-3 SoCon) vs. UNC Greensboro (5-7-3, 2-1-1 SoCon)
Date: Oct 24, 2009 Attendance: 401
Weather: 70 degrees and fair
Georgia Southern 0 0 0
UNC Greensboro 3 3 6
1 5:08 UNCG Thomas Campbell (6) (A.J. Nelson)
2 30:42 UNCG Will Mack (2) (A.J. Nelson)
3 31:18 UNCG Cruz Oronos (2) (unassisted)
4 50:35 UNCG A.J. Nelson (2) (Mike Magnotic)
5 55:36 UNCG Thomas Campbell (7) (E.J. O'Keeffe;Ryan Davis)
6 79:12 UNCG Joe Layton (unassisted)
Shots: Georgia Southern 17, UNC Greensboro 21
Saves: Georgia Southern 6 (Mike Gubosh 6), UNC Greensboro 9 (Peyton Ford 9)
Corner kicks: Georgia Southern 2, UNC Greensboro 6
Fouls: Georgia Southern 14, UNC Greensboro 12
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