RALEIGH, N.C. – Kristin Player and Katelynn Donovan each netted one goal apiece to lead the UNC Greensboro women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the final game of the NC State/Residence Inn North Tournament.
The Spartans (4-2-0) finish the weekend with a 2-0-0 record while Player led all Spartans with three goals for six points on the weekend. Senior Mary Kate Towne, who assisted on Donovan's goal, finished the weekend with five points on two goals and an assist.
UNCG led the Rams (0-4-0) on the offensive front, registering eight goals to VCU's three. Three of the Spartans eight shots were on net while the Rams managed just two shots on goal, forcing UNCG goalkeeper Kelsey Kearney to make just one save in her first collegiate start.
VCU got on the board first with a goal in the ninth minute of play. Francesca Gioeli took a cross from Megan Flanagan and sent her shot into the bottom right corner to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
Player had the answer for the Spartans at the 12:59 mark, sending her shot into the left side of the net after a combination of passes between Donovan and Nicole Danford led to a cross from Danford that found its way to the feet of Player. For Danford, it was her second assist of the season, giving her six points in the early stages of the Spartans' schedule.
Towne picked up the assist in the 64th minute when her initial shot hit the post and rebounded across the goal mouth to the feet of Donovan who netted her second goal of the season, her first game-winner.
The Spartans will return to action next weekend when they travel out to Palo Alto, California for the Stanford Invitational. UNCG will face Santa Clara on Friday evening at 7:30 pm ET before wrapping up action against host Stanford on Sunday at 5:30 pm ET.
Scoring Summary: VCU – Francesca Gioeli (Megan Flanagan), UNCG – Kristin Player (Nicole Danford, Katelynn Donovan), UNCG – Katelynn Donovan (Mary Kate Towne); Shots: UNCG 8, VCU 3; Saves: UNCG 1 (Kearney 1), VCU 1 (Hardison 1); Corner Kicks: UNCG 5, VCU 2; Fouls UNCG 7, VCU 8.
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