No. 21 Spartans wrap homestand vs. College of Charleston
No. 21 UNCG (10-1-1, 5-0-0 SoCon) vs. College of Charleston (6-7-0, 3-2-0 SoCon), Oct. 10, 1 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium
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- No. 21 UNCG concludes its season-high four-game homestand Sunday when it hosts College of Charleston at the UNCG Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
- At 10-1-1, UNCG is off to the best start in the program's 23-year history. The 1991 squad previously held that distinction, opening 9-1-0 before dropping its next game. The Spartans have won seven straight games, their longest winning streak since a 10-game stretch from Oct. 3, 2008 through Nov. 2, 2008.
- UNCG is ranked for the third week this season. The Spartans are No. 21 in the Soccer America poll, moving up four spots from last week. UNCG also made its season debut in the NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com poll this week, entering at No. 24 for its first appearance in that poll since Dec. 11, 1997. UNCG was a season-high 18th in the Soccer America poll on Aug. 30.
- UNCG is 12-3-1 against College of Charleston all-time, including a 6-1-0 record against the Cougars in Greensboro, but that record doesn't do the series justice. Eleven of the 16 games in the series have been decided by just one goal or fewer (a 3-3 tie in 2002), including the last seven straight. The Spartans have won five straight in the series, including three consecutive 1-0 wins. Two of the last four games between the squads have gone to overtime, both of them in Greensboro. The series began in 1996, the year before UNCG joined the SoCon, and the teams have met every year since then, including twice in 2000 and 2007, when they met in the SoCon tournament. UNCG took 1-0 wins in both of those games.
- In each of UNCG's last two wins over CofC, both 1-0 victories, Jenn Partenheimer has given the Spartans the win. Partenheimer scored just 1:56 into overtime on Oct. 5, 2008, to lift UNCG to the golden-goal victory, and scored in the 67th minute last season, converting passes from Tabitha Padgett and Lauren Hein on Oct. 23. Kelsey Kearney picked up shutouts in both of those games, notching two saves in 2008 and three in 2009.
- Last season, College of Charleston came into the match sitting atop the league standings at 7-1-0, while the Spartans entered 6-2-0. UNCG knocked off the Cougars to pull into a tie for first and won its last two games to win the SoCon regular-season title outright for the fourth straight season.
- UNCG topped The Citadel on Friday, 3-0. Freshman Kristen Schmidbauer had a hand in all three goals, scoring two and assisting on the other. The Spartans had a 28-6 shot advantage on the night and took 10 corner kicks to the Bulldogs' one. Schmidbauer scored in the 32nd and 68th minutes, while Partenheimer scored in the 60th.
- Kearney made a pair of saves against The Citadel for her sixth shutout of the season, tying the school record with 25 for her career. With her next shutout, she'll pass Jennifer Stillman, who had 25 from 2002-05.
- Padgett , the reigning Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leads UNCG with 17 points on six goals and a career-high five assists this season. She is just two points shy of matching her total from last season. Schmidbauer's big day vaulted her into second on the team in scoring, as she now has 14 points on five goals and four assists. Junior Cat Barnekow and Partenheimer are tied for third with 10 points each. Barnekow has two goals and a SoCon-best six assists, while Partenheimer has a career-best five goals. Kearney has played all but 40 minutes in goal this season, posting a goals against average of 0.59 and a save percentage of .848 in 1,060:13. She has turned in six shutouts and allowed just seven goals in 12 games.
- After scoring 11 points on four goals and three assists last weekend, Padgett was named the SoCon Player of the Week for her efforts. She had a goal and two assists against Georgia Southern on Oct. 1 and added three goals and an assist in UNCG's 4-0 win over Davidson on Oct. 3. Her player of the week award was the first of her career.
- UNCG leads the SoCon in several categories: points per game (7.42), goals per game (2.33), goals (28) assists (33), assists per game (2.75), goals allowed (eight) and GAA (0.65). Barnekow leads the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.50), while Padgett is second in game-winning goals (three), and points per game (1.42). Kearney is second in GAA (0.59), shutouts (six) and shutouts per game (0. 50).
- Kearney is UNCG's and the SoCon's career leader in GAA, as she holds a mark of 0.63 in 50 matches played.
- Of UNCG's 28 goals scored thus far this season, 20 of them have come from underclassmen. Sophomores Padgett (six), Hein (three), and Gulledge (three) account for 12, while freshmen Kristen Schmidbauer (five), Stine Schoening (one), Kory Spotts (one) and Lauren Lover (one) account for the other six. Jenn Partenheimer, a senior, has scored five, while juniors Barnekow (two) and Jaimey Etten (one) have the only other goals by upperclassmen.
- College of Charleston opened the season just 3-5-0 against a tough nonconference slate that included games against Cincinnati, Xavier, Iowa and Georgia. The Cougars picked up a win in one of those contests, knocking off Xavier 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 5 on the road. CofC has turned it around a bit in conference play, topping Appalachian State and Western Carolina on the opening weekend before falling to Samford last weekend. The Cougars rebounded with a 2-1, double-overtime win over Chattanooga on Oct. 3 before falling 4-3 to Elon in overtime on Friday.
- College of Charleston held the lead three times Friday, but saw Elon rally each time as the Phoenix took a 4-3 win in overtime. Hope Atkinson put the Cougars on the board in the 28th minute, but Elon answered with a penalty kick in the 37th. Sarah Schaidle put CofC back on top in the 55th minute, but Elon quickly knotted things at 2, scoring less than three minutes later. Atkinson added another goal in the 64th, but the Phoenix got a goal in the 88th to force overtime and got the golden goal in the 96th minute. Charleston did not get off a shot in the extra frame.
- Maryam Buazza leads the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists, while Schaidle has 12 points on a team-high six goals. Sloane Levin has 13 points on five goals and three assists. Keeper Katie Tate has started CofC's last eight games and has 10 appearances overall, posting a 1.62 GAA with a .706 save percentage with two shutouts. Cricket Wise started the first five matches of the season, but has not seen action since the first half of the Xavier game on Sept. 5. Wise has a 2.75 GAA in five appearances.
- As a team, CofC shares the league lead with UNCG with 28 goals scored and is tied for second with 2.15 per game. The Cougars also lead the SoCon with 5.15 corner kicks per game. Individually, Buazza is tied for second in the SoCon with three game-winning goals.
- College of Charleston is 4-3-0 away from home and 3-3-0 in true road matches. UNCG is 6-0-0 at home.
- UNCG will be the third ranked team the Cougars have faced this season. On Sept. 3, CofC fell 2-0 at Cincinnati, which was then No. 19 in the Soccer America poll. Then-No. 21 Georgia (NSCAA poll) downed the Cougars 3-1 on Sept. 17.
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