UNCG Women’s Soccer Falls in Heartbreaker to Furman in SoCon Quarterfinal

UNCG Women’s Soccer Falls in Heartbreaker to Furman in SoCon Quarterfinal

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The fifth-seeded UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s soccer team fell to the fourth-seeded fourth-seeded Furman Paladins in a penalty kick shootout in The Southern Conference (SoCon) quarterfinal matchup on Friday evening at the Catamount Soccer Complex.

The Spartans and Paladins played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and remained tied after two overtime periods. During the penalty shootout, Furman came out on top, 3-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams had equal opportunity on goal before the Paladins’ Ashlyn Golia passed the ball into the box to find the foot of her teammate Maddie Massie. At 23:39, Massie knocked the ball straight into the net, for Furman to take the lead, 1-0.

With five minutes left in the first half, the Furman’s Ashlyn Goila received the ball at the top of the box and added to the Paladins’ lead with a one-touch strike, 2-0.

The Spartans picked up the intensity in the second half and scored two goals to tie the game. At 54:36, Hailey Faubion dribbled to the far corner alongside teammate Taylor Mentzer with her. Faubion passed the ball to the open Mentzer, who quickly shot it into the left corner to cut Furman’s lead to one, 2-1.

At 77:10 there was a foul on UNCG just outside the 18-yard box when freshman Haydan Erck lined up to take the kick. Erck struck the ball straight into the box to find the feet of Mentzer who pushed it into the back of the net, to even the game 2-2.

After going scoreless in two 10-minute overtime periods, the Paladins and Spartans headed into a penalty kick shootout. After both teams missed the first shot, Furman went up 2-1. Shania Diaz ended the game putting the Paladins up 3-1 and advancing Furman to the SoCon Semifinals.

BY THE NUMBERS

UNCG and Furman each had eight shots, with four of the Spartan’s shots coming in the second frame.
Furman had the only three corner kicks of the game.
Mentzer scored her fourth and fifth goals for the season and her career.
Erck tallied her third assist of the season.
Faubion collected her second assist of her career.

RECORDS

UNCG: 7-9-3, 4-4-1 SoCon

Furman: 7-4-7, 3-1-5 SoCon

Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro