Donovan and Attayek lead UNCG past Georgia Southern
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Katelynn Donovan had two goals and an assist and Kelly Attayek had a goal and two assists as UNC Greensboro extended its Southern Conference regular-season unbeaten streak to 29 straight with a 5-1 win over Georgia Southern on Friday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
The Spartans scored three times in the first 18 minutes to put the game out of reach early. UNCG moved to 13-4-1 on the season and remained atop the SoCOn standings with a 8-0-1 mark in league play. Georgia Southern, which is on the bubble for making the eight-team conference tournament, dropped to 4-9-3 overall, 2-6-1 in the league.
Attayek started the scoring just 4:01 into the match. Nicole Danford found Katelynn Donovan on the left side of the box. A one-touch pass from Donovan found Attayek for her third goal of the season.
Jennifer Bronson made it 2-0 just 3:51 later. Attayek found her at the penalty stripe and Bronson chipped it home for her first tally of the season.
Donovan got into the act at 17:49 when Attayek hit a cross into the box and the senior from Melville, N.Y., got a head onto it and put into the back of the net for a three-goal lead.
The Eagles got one back at 55:28 when Ashley Toussaint, the Southern Conference's scoring leader, tallied her 12th goal of the season. She converted a UNCG giveaway into a one-on-one with the keeper and made it a 3-1 game.
But Jaimey Etten scored her first of the season at 71:53 off of a Danford feed and Donovan added her 11th of the year at 80:06 for good measure. The Spartans outshot the Eagles 22-2 on the night and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
UNCG will host Davidson on Sunday at 2 pm for Senior Day. A Spartan win and a Western Carolina loss or tie would wrap up UNCG's third consecutive Southern Conference regular-season title.
SCORE BY PERIODS
Georgia Southern..0..1..- 1
Scoring: UNCG – Attayek (Donovan, Danford) 4:01; UNCG – Bronson (Attayek) 7:52; UNCG – Donovan (Attayek) 17:49; GSU – Toussaint (unassisted) 55:28; UNCG – Etten (Danford) 71:53; UNCG – Donovan (Deutschle) 80:06. Shots: Georgia Southern 2, UNCG 22. Saves: Georgia Southern 3 (Santos 2, TEAM 1); UNCG 0 (Kearney 0, Vogel 0). Corner kicks: Georgia Southern 1, UNCG 6. Fouls: Georgia Southern 3, UNCG 7.
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