August 18, 2012
Men's Soccer Blanks Catawba 3-0 In Exhibition
GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second straight exhibition game, the UNCG men's soccer team posted a shutout blanking visiting Catawba 3-0 in front of 1,271 fans at the UNCG Soccer Stadium Saturday night. The Spartans out-shot the Indians 17-7 in the victory controlling play for most of the evening.
UNCG opened the scoring in the 34th
minute of action as its continued pressure broke down the Catawba defense. Redshirt freshman Dustin Gamradt
(Kiel, Germany/Hebbelschule) got in behind the Catawba backline and sent a cross through the six-yard box. The cross got past Catawba goalkeeper Evan Harvey but ricocheted off an Indians' defender and into the back of the net for an own goal.
Gamradt was rewarded for his hard work just 2:50 later as freshman Christopher Reingen
(Dusseldorf, Germany/Univ. of Dusseldorf) found him behind the Catawba defense. Gamradt beat Harvey one-on-one and deposited the ball in the back of the net in the 37th
minute for the 2-0 UNCG lead.
The Spartans came out of the halftime break and kept the pressure on Catawba, owning a 12-5 advantage in shots in the second half and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. UNCG took a 3-0 lead in the 63rd
minute of play off of a scramble in the box. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Bunch
(Raleigh, N.C./Incarnate Word) was able to jump on a loose ball in front of the Catawba goalkeeper and get enough on his shot to push it over the line for the three-goal advantage.
UNCG kept attacking down the stretch and had opportunities to add to the lead. Senior Hakan Ilhan
(Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart) had a chance from the top of the 18-yard box on a one-touch rifle shot that sailed just over the crossbar, while freshman Jannick Martens
(Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany/Alstergymnasium) had three shots, including one in the final 10 minutes of the game that just sailed wide of the post.
Redshirt freshman Stephen Moffitt
(Burlington, N.C./Williams) and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Davis Griffin
(Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) combined for the second shutout in three days as they both made a save.
UNCG wraps up exhibition play Monday night as it travels to Rock Hill, S.C., to face Big South Conference member Winthrop in the final tune-up for the regular season. The Spartans open the 2012 regular season August 24 when they travel to UNC Wilmington.
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