Spartans look to snap skid at William & Mary
UNCG at William & Mary, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Williamsburg, Va.
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GREENSBORO, N.C.—UNCG men's soccer team closes out a three-match road swing by visiting William & Mary, 7 p.m., Tuesday at Martin Family Stadium in Williamsburg, Va.
The Spartans (2-3-0) enter Tuesday's match looking to avoid a three-match losing streak after suffering a 2-1 loss at Navy last Sunday. Jonathan Leonard scored UNCG's only goal against the Midshipmen, scoring in the ninth minute on a loose ball in front of the net.
UNCG hasn't tasted victory since a 3-0 win over North Florida on Sept. 9 in Greensboro.
Junior forward Hakan Ilhan continues to lead the Spartans offensively with four goals and an assist for a team-high nine points. Ilhan ranks second in the Southern Conference in both goals and points. Junior goalkeeper Peyton Ford carries a 1.22 goals-against average into the match.
William & Mary enters Tuesday's match with a 3-3-0overal record following a 1-0 victory over Colonial Athletic Association foe UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Nicolas Abrigo leads the Tribe offensively with three goals, while goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky owns a 1.40 goals-against average and two shutouts on the season.
Following Tuesday's match the Spartans return home where they open a three-match home stand against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Sept. 24.
• The Spartans are currently ranked sixth in the NSCAA South Region poll
• Head coach Justin Maullin is 14-9-4 (.593) in his second season with the Spartans
• UNCG is 3-6-1 all-time against William & Mary. UNCG defeated the Tribe 2-1 last season in Greensboro.
• Jonathan Leonard's goal against Navy was not only his first of the season, it was his first career goal
• The Spartans are looking to avoid three consecutive losses for the first time since 2010 when they also lost three-in-a-row, between Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 2010
• This is UNCG's third straight road contest after playing their first three matches at home
• UNCG and William & Mary have one common opponent – and a common result. Both teams have lost this season to East Tennessee State. The Spartans suffered a 1-0 double overtime loss at home on Aug. 31. ETSU downed William & Mary by a 2-0 count on Sept. 11.
• UNCG plays its next three matches at home, hosting Gardner-Webb (Sept. 24), Furman (Oct. 1) and High Point (Oct. 5)