Donovan scores three as UNCG defeats The Citadel, 5-0
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three goals and an assist from senior Katelynn Donovan led the offensive explosion as the UNC Greensboro women's soccer team defeated The Citadel 5-0 Friday evening at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Spartans remain undefeated in Southern Conference play through 23 games.
Donovan initiated and capped the Spartan (7-4-1, 2-0-1 SoCon) scoring, netting one goal in the first half and two others in the second half. The senior, along with Jenn Partenheimer, led all UNCG shooters with five shots on the evening. The Spartans as a team out-shot The Citadel (2-7-1, 0-3-0 SoCon) 30-3 and also held a 13-1 advantage on corner kicks.
UNCG forced Bulldogs' goalkeeper Whitney Nave to come up with 11 saves while Spartan keeper Kelsey Kearney registered just one in her second straight and third overall shut-out.
Donovan opened the scoring in the 19th minute of play when she took a cross from Kelly Attayek and slotted the ball into the back of the net from the top of the six yard line. An indirect kick inside the box following a Citadel foul gave Lauren Lopez her first goal of the season as she took a slight touch from Donovan and sent a rocket into the lower left corner of the net at 34:25.
The second half would remain scoreless through the first 13 minutes of play, but another Bulldog foul inside the penalty area would give Partenheimer her second goal of the season. The sophomore took the penalty kick for the Spartans, sending her shot into the lower right corner past Nave in the 59th minute of play.
Donovan, whose final two goals came four and a half minutes apart in the 68th and 72nd minutes of play, sent two identical shots into the lower right corner from 20 yards away to net her fourth and fifth goals of the season. The senior, who entered the match with just five points on the year, finished the night with a total of seven.
UNCG continues their home stand when they welcome College of Charleston for a 1 pm game on Sunday afternoon. Livestats for the match can be found on UNCGSpartans.com and live streaming of the game will be available via Spartan All Access.
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Scoring Summary: UNCG – Katelynn Donovan (Kelly Attayek) 18:40; UNCG – Lauren Lopez (Katelynn Donovan) 34:25; UNCG – Jenn Partenheimer (Penalty Kick) 58:05; UNCG – Katelynn Donovan (unassisted) 67:07; UNCG – Katelynn Donovan (unassisted) 71:47; Shots: UNCG 30, Citadel 2 ; Saves: UNCG 1 (Kearney 1), Citadel 1 (Nave 11); Corner Kicks: UNCG 13, Citadel 1; Fouls UNCG 2, Citadel 6.
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