• High Point fell to UNCG by a score of 3-0 in Greensboro, N.C.
• The Panthers were outshot in the game, 12-7.
• HPU ends non-conference play with a 3-2-2 record.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer team ended non-conference play with a 3-0 loss on the road at UNCG on Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Panthers had three shots on goal in the loss.
“I am actually proud of this team and the way they played tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “The score line says 3-0 but this was definitely not a 3-0 game. That being said, I am disappointed in the way we defended set pieces. We did not handle our responsibilities the way we need to. That is something we will learn from and get better moving forward.”
High Point trailed 1-0 after a Spartan goal by Chesney White in the 15th minute. UNCG earned a corner off a deflected shot, which was taken by Ashley Stokes. The ball fell to White at the far post who brought it down before beating Panther keeper Jordan Beets with a high shot.
The Spartans doubled their lead early in the second half with a goal by Rebecca Burrows in the 49th minute. UNCG found space on the right side of the field and Hannah Hoeksema chipped a ball over the defense to Burrows. The midfielder brought the ball down with her first touch before hitting a shot into the roof of the net from 10-yards out.
UNCG pushed the final score to 3-0 in the final minute when Melanie Spensiero scored off a free kick for the Spartans. Georgia Brown played a ball across the face of goal from the right flank to the far post where Spensiero snuck a shot just inside the post for the goal.
High Point finished with an edge in possession in the second half but struggled to create chances in the final third against an experienced and composed backline of the Spartans.
The Panthers lost the shot battle, 12-7, and were held without a corner kick while allowing five to UNCG.
Beets took the loss for HPU after allowing one goal in the first half. Fellow freshman Alex Persiani recorded HPU’s only save of the game but allowed two goals in the second half. Kirsten Glad played the first half for the Spartans and made one save to earn the win.
High Point drops to 3-2-2 overall with the loss while UNCG improves to 3-4-2.
With non-conference action complete the Panthers will move on to conference play starting with a home game against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff for the game is set for 2 p.m.