Six-goal explosion, Player's five-point day leads UNCG into semifinals
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro exploded for six goals in a span of 22:17, accumulating its 10th straight win and a 6-0 win over Appalachian State in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Southern Conference Women's Soccer Tournament at UNCG Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Kristin Player had two goals and an assist as UNCG
routed Appalachian State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon in the Southern
Conference Tournament's quarterfinal round. (WG Sports photo)
The Spartans, top-seeded and three-time defending SoCon regular season champions, will face the win of Sunday evening's Davidson-Furman match-up in next Friday's semifinal round in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The time of the game is to be determined. UNCG (15-4-1) advanced to the semifinals for the 11th time in 12 years in the conference. UNCG is now 23-5-1 all-time in conference tournament action, including a 2-0 mark against the Mountaineers.
At the tail end of a first half that was played mostly in the midfield, UNCG broke through. With just 45 seconds left before intermission, sophomore Kristin Player chipped a ball just under the crossbar for her sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Spartans exploded, scoring five times in less than 16 minutes. Freshman Jaimey Etten scored off a rebound at 52:48 to make it 2-0. Lauren Lopez's shot hit the top of the left post, bouncing into a crowd in front, where Etten knocked it home for her second tally of the season.
Less the five minutes later, sophomore Jen Rincon made it 3-0. Katie Evans found Casey Godwin out on the left wing. Godwin played a perfect cross to Rincon, who headed it home for her third goal of the season at 57:35.
Player scored again less than four minutes later, connecting on a shot from the top left corner of the box. She followed that with an assist on a goal by Godwin at 67:07 to complete a five-point day. Godwin then added an assist on the final goal, a header by Mary Kate Towne, to complete a four-point afternoon.
The 6-0 score was the most lopsided conference tournament match since 2004 when a pair of quarterfinal games were decided by 7-0 scores, including one with UNCG coming out on top.
Kelsey Kearney and Barrie Vogel recorded the shared shutout. Vogel came on to play the final 17:48. Each recorded one save in the match. The Spartans held a 27-4 advantage in shots despite being held without a shot for the first 26:50.
Appalachian State, the tournament's eighth seed, finished the season at 7-10-2.
Goals by period
1 2 Tot
Appalachian State... 0 0 - 0
UNC Greensboro...... 1 5 - 6
Scoring: UNCG – Player (Riordon) 44:15; UNCG – Etten (Lopez) 52:48; UNCG – Rincon (Godwin, Evans) 57:35; UNCG – Player (Donovan) 61:27; UNCG – Godwin (Corti, Player) 67:07; Towne (Godwin, Feierabend) 68:32. Shots: Appalachian State 4, UNCG 27. Saves: Appalachian State 4 (Clarke 2, White 2), UNCG 2 (Kearney 1, Vogel 1). Corner kicks: Appalachian State 1, UNCG 10. Fouls: Appalachian State 8, UNCG 6.
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