GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ross Burki scored twice and Hakan Ilhan added two assists as UNCG snapped its three-match losing streak with a 4-0 victory over Gardner-Webb before a Homecoming crowd of 3,250 on Saturday at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The Spartans (3-4-0) dominated the match from start to finish, out-shooting the Bulldogs (3-4-2) by a 27-7 count. But despite holding a 14-1 shot advantage at halftime, UNCG owned a narrow lead at the break.
Freshman David Reittinger gave the Spartans a 1-0 edge in the 34th minute on his first collegiate goal. Reittinger took a pass from Kris Byrd and ripped a straight-on shot from 25 yards away into the back of the net as UNCG finally gained the lead.
UNCG scored three times in the second half, highlighted by Burki's two goals. Will Mack, however, gave the Spartans some breathing room early in the half when he scored in the 52nd minute.
A corner kick set up the score, which came off of a right-to-left pass in front of the goal from Ilhan. Mack pushed a simple header beyond the reach of Bulldog keeper Jaap Elekan, doubling UNCG's advantage.
Burki scored goals in the 64th and 78th minutes. His first goal came off a rebound from an Elekan save of an Ilhan shot attempt. Elekan actually stopped back-to-back point-blank shots by Ilhan before Burki scrambled and punched in the second save for his first goal of the season.
Burki later scored off an assist from Cameron Owens, giving UNCG its largest margin of victory this season.
Junior goalkeeper Peyton Ford made four saves for the Spartans while Elekan also stopped four shots.
The Spartans return to action when they open Southern Conference play against No. 25 Furman, 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2011 UNCG Men's Soccer
Gardner-Webb vs UNCG (Sep 24, 2011 at Greensboro, NC)
Gardner-Webb (3-4-2) vs. UNCG (3-4-0)
Date: Sep 24, 2011 Attendance: 3250
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Gardner-Webb........ 0 0 - 0
UNCG................ 1 3 - 4
1. 33:29 UNCG David Reittinger (1) (Kris Byrd) - Shot from 25 yards, took pass from left sideline
2. 51:30 UNCG Will Mack (1) (Hakan Ilhan) - Header off right-to-left pass in front of goal
3. 63:45 UNCG Ross Burki (1) (Hakan Ilhan) - Rebound off save of Ilhan shot; from five feet
4. 77:15 UNCG Ross Burki (2) (Cameron Owens) - Short pass from left side, 10 yards out
Shots: Gardner-Webb 7, UNCG 27
Saves: Gardner-Webb 4 (ELEKAN, Jaap 4), UNCG 4 (Peyton Ford 4)
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