SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After 77 minutes of scoreless play, UNCG women's soccer took home its third SoCon win of the season against Wofford on Sunday, thanks to a late tally from senior midfielder Grace Kennedy. The Spartans outshot the Terriers 18-3 on the afternoon, with freshman Abby Buchholz completing the third clean sheet of her career.
"This is a great three points in the SoCon standings, plus a shutout on the road versus a good Wofford team," said Head Coach Michael Coll. "We had lots of attacking dominance, just like in other recent games, and Wofford made us work hard but we knew it was unlikely that we'd be kept scoreless today..."
The Spartans were the dominant side in this Sunday's afternoon contest, outshooting the hosting Terriers 9-3 just in the opening half. Isabelle Blomdahl and Cienna Rideout each had a shot at the go ahead with Blomdahl sending a header just inches wide of the left post in the 12th minute, and Rideout banging her shot off the crossbar in the 27th.
Despite the sustained pressure from UNCG, the two sides would take a scoreless tie into the second half, with the field continuing to tilt in favor of the visiting side throughout the remainder of the match.
Rideout would take another three shots in the latter 45 on the way to recording a match-high of six on the evening. The senior steered a pair of those attempts on net but was unable to produce a goal, while Grace Kennedy's first shot of the match struck the crossbar, as the Spartans rang the woodwork for a second time in the contest.
Kennedy's near miss would inspire the senior to have another go in the 78th however. With Rideout receiving a pass from the top of the 18, the forward laid the ball off for a wide open Kennedy who delivered the game-winner from 20 yards out. The tally was the first goal of the midfielder's career as a Spartan, and with less that 13 minutes left on the clock, Coach Coll's side rode the one-goal lead to their third Southern Conference victory of 2019.
"The SoCon is extremely good this season and all games are going to be very close," said Coll. "We're delighted for senior Grace Kennedy to win the game for us with a spectacular long range goal. Overall we controlled most of the flow of the match, which is really hard to do in road games. Now we take a bit of a quieter than usual few days and prepare for VMI at home on Friday night."
Three Things To Know
-- In addition to holding the Terriers to three shots, the Spartan defense allowed only two shots on goal in the match, on the way to recording their fourth shutout of the season
-- Rideout's helper was her fourth of the season, putting her in a tie with Gabi Santora for a team-high in points (10)
-- UNCG has never lost to the Terriers over 28 total meetings, with Sunday marking the team's 21st shutout of Wofford all-time
COMING UP NEXT
The Spartans will have just a single match next weekend, with VMI coming to Greensboro next Friday at 7 p.m. UNCG has lost just once to the Keydets over six meetings in total, and are on a three-match winning streak against the side.
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