UNC Greensboro 2, College of Charleston 1



GREENSBORO, N.C. Sophomore Randi Patterson scored the game-winning goal at the 71:27 mark, as the eighth-seeded UNC Greensboro men's soccer team defeated College of Charleston, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Tuesday night at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Spartans advance to the third round and will face the winner of the UC Santa Barbara-Wisconsin-Milwaukee game on Sunday, November 28 at 2 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

Patterson, who scored his 19th goal of the season, has recorded a point in 17 of 22 games this season. He has also scored a goal in seven of the last nine games.

UNCG, who received an at-large bid for this year's tournament, claimed its first victory in the NCAA Tournament since a 2-1 first round win over Washington in 1998.

The Spartans extended their home unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1). UNCG last lost at home in the 2003 regular season finale to Wake Forest.

Casey Davis got UNCG (19-2-1) on the board first, just over a minute into the second half on a blast from 30 yards out. Davis, a junior defender from Columbus, NC, scored his first goal in over two seasons.

College of Charleston (17-6-1) got its only goal of the evening at 51:53 on an own goal when a Spartan defender was attempting to clear the ball in front of his own goal. The ball wound up finding the back of the net just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Jay Benfield.

In the 72nd minute, Matt Smith out muscled a Cougar defender and found Patterson, who wiggled through a handful of defenders and blasted home the game-winner from 12 yards out for the Spartans.

Benfield recorded the win for the Spartans, stopping a career-high 10 shots on the evening. Cougar keeper Keith Wiggans made six saves in the loss for College of Charleston.

UNCG head coach Michael Parker:
Obviously were thrilled. I thought it was an outstanding performance by the guy's tonight. They stuck to the task and played disciplined and focused for almost the entire 90 minutes. They did everything I asked of them in the pre-game and I am very proud.

UNCG sophomore forward Randi Patterson:
Matt and I have worked together really well this season. It was great for him (Matt Smith), I knew he was going to pass it to me and it was just a matter of time. I was lucky that I got to the ball and put it away.

C of C head coach Ralph Lundy:
"He is an offensive talent and a clutch player (Patterson). It was a brilliant goal, an amazing goal. When his team needed and the game was in question. I think he has been doing that all season for UNCG. He was the player of the Year. It was a well deserved honor."

We never quit and that is one of the most important things to me as a coach. No matter what, are team didn't quit, even up to the last 10 seconds we kept our composure. Soccer is an amazing game. It teases your emotions and the flow of the game is unreal. Your right there on the door step and you don't get it and they come down and get one. That is the way a UNCG and Charleston game always is.

Coll. of Charleston (17-6-1) vs. UNC Greensboro (19-2-1)

Goals by period        1  2  Tot


 Coll. of Charleston.  0  1 -  1

 UNC Greensboro......  0  2 -  2



  1.  46:03 UNCG Casey Davis (1) (unassisted)

  2.  51:53 COFC OWN GOAL (unassisted) - Own Goal

  3.  71:27 UNCG Randi Patterson (19) (unassisted)


 Shots: Coll. of Charleston 14, UNC Greensboro 14

 Saves: Coll. of Charleston 6 (Keith Wiggans 6), UNC Greensboro 10 (Jay Benfield 10)

-- Courtesy University of North Carolina Greensboro