UNCG downs North Georgia 1-0 in final preseason tune-up
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Lauren Hein scored in the fourth minute and keepers Kelsey Kearney and Alex Perry made the goal stand as UNCG's women's soccer team downed North Georgia 1-0 in the Spartans' final exhibition match of the preseason on Sunday.
The teams played three 30-minute periods and were allowed unlimited substitutions. The Saints, an NCAA Division II team that was nationally ranked last season, played 22 players in the match, while UNCG played 17.
Hein got the Spartans on the board quickly on a nice strike at the 3:59 mark. Redshirt sophomore Nitang Jones slipped her a nice through ball just inside the 18-yard box and Hein beat North Georgia keeper Kirsten Ross to the far post for what would prove to be the decisive score.
UNCG took eight of its 11 shots in the contest in the opening period. Junior Karin Sendel, a transfer from Ohio State, nearly made it a 2-0 game in the 25th minute, as she corralled a Jones corner kick and put a strike on goal to the far post, out of Ross' reach. North Georgia's defense came to the rescue, however, as a defender knocked the ball away for the team save.
Moments later, Hein forced Ross' lone save of the day.
The Saints put their first shot on target shortly into the second period, with Abby Trevino forcing the first of Perry's three saves on the afternoon. Trevino would have two more chances just minutes later, but her attempts in the 44th and 45th minutes were also put away by Perry.
Jones forced a Taylor Fragnito save in the 48th minute, but that was as close as the Spartans came to scoring in the second frame.
Neither side mounted much of an offense in the third stanza, with the teams taking just one shot each. Jaimey Etten's attempt was high for the Spartans in the 73rd minute, while Trevino missed wide in the 74th.
Trevino had a game-high four shots for the Saints, while the team managed six total. UNCG had 11, with Hein and Jones notching three each.
Kearney didn't need to make a save in 46:20 of work, while Perry had three stops in 43:40.
Ross allowed a goal and made one save in 60 minutes of action, while Fragnito made a save in 13:42 and Alex Dunlap played 16:18 without needing to record a stop.
The contest was UNCG's final warm-up of the preseason. The Spartans will kick off regular-season play at the UNCG Soccer Stadium on Friday when it hosts Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
UNCG 1, North Georgia 0
Goals by period 1 2 3 Tot
North Georgia....... 0 0 0 - 0
UNCG................ 1 0 0 - 1
1. 3:59 UNCG Lauren Hein (Nitang Jones) - thru ball on left side, beat keeper lower right
Shots: North Georgia 6, UNCG 11; Saves: North Georgia 3 (Taylor Fragnito 1; Kirsten Ross 1; TEAM 1), UNCG 3 (Alex Perry 3); Corner kicks: North Georgia 1, UNCG 4; Fouls: North Georgia 5, UNCG 6
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