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Seniors accounted for all three of the Bulldogs' goals Sunday. After exactly 28 minutes of scoreless soccer, Samford's Allen tallied what would eventually be the game-winning goal as she rifled home a yard shot neatly into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Allen's score proved to be her first of the season and was set up nicely by true freshman , who provided the perfectly-placed through-pass for the goal. The assist was Meneide's first of her up-and-coming career as a Bulldog.
Just over eight minutes following Allen's goal, fellow senior Smeltzer found the back of the net with a similar score, this time into the right corner of the net. Samford's final goal was scored by Kelley, who has now tallied seven more goals than any player in school history.
Kelley's goal proved to be the 33rd of her illustrious career. UNCG's loss to Mercer became the first in program history against the Bears and snapped a two-match win streak.
Regan Lehman accounted for three of the Spartans' shots, while Melanie Spensiero added two of her own. Spensiero leads the Spartans with five goals and 11 points this season.
Defensively, Buehler has consistently proven to be one of the best goalkeepers on the SoCon with 89 saves and an impressive 1. The all-time series between the programs began Sept.
Since then, the Bulldogs and Spartans have played to an even record. Inexplicably, both teams in the rivalry have done better on the home pitch of their opponent. Smeltzer's decisive tally lifted the Bulldogs to a crucial victory held at the Samford Track and Soccer Stadium.
Smeltzer's game-winning goal was set up by Hansen, who powered a high, hooking pass deep into the goalkeeper's box. Buehler, UNCG's starting goalkeeper, made an effort to corral the long pass, but the ball slipped through her hands and bounded outside to the right of the goal. Immediately upon seeing the loose ball, Smeltzer streaked to the spot and rifled a shot back to her right and into the corner of the net.
Samford outshot the Spartans, , and finished with nine shots on goal.
The Bulldogs' offensive attack was spurred by , who finished with four shots attempts. Three of UNCG's 11 shots were on goal. The selection was made by the league office.
Seoposenwe, the reigning SoCon Player of the Month, earned her second player of the week honor of the season. So far this season, Samford has earned five of the league's nine player of the week honors, including the first four of the campaign.
Also receiving SoCon weekly awards this season have been junior goalkeeper.