WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe men's soccer team won its second straight match on Tuesday night, beating the UNC Greensboro Spartans, 2-0, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. With the victory, the Tribe improves its record to 4-3 on the season while UNCG falls to 2-4 on the year.
Senior Nicolas Abrigo scored the game-winning goal for the Tribe, while junior captain Ben Anderson also added a score in the College's win. Tallying assists on the night were sophomore Will Smith and freshman Patrick O'Brien, while goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky made three saves in recording his third shutout of the season.
In just the third minute of the match, the Tribe had a nice look at the match's first goal. On a corner kick, Anderson sent a pass to the far post, finding the freshman O'Brien. O'Brien did well to get his head to the ball, but his header sailed just high of the crossbar from six yards out, keeping the match scoreless.
After controlling possession for 10 minutes, the Tribe was able to get the first goal on the scoreboard in the 38th minute. With the ball in the Tribe's defensive half, Smith sent a long pass towards the UNCG goal. Smith's rocket pass got over the heads of the entire Greensboro defense, finding a darting Abrigo. Abrigo, one-on-one with the Spartan's keeper finished well, beating the goalie to the lower right corner from eight yards out. Abrigo's team-leading fourth goal of the season gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
The Tribe had a great look at a second goal in the 42nd minute. On a nice buildup, sophomore Ben Coffey slipped a great touch pass to classmate Chris Perez at the top of the 18-yard box. Perez took a shot from 10 yards, but his shot was saved nicely by the UNCG keeper to keep the score at 1-0 William and Mary at the half.
After 45 minutes, the stats reflected how closely the match was played. UNCG out shot the College, 7-6, but the Tribe held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Corner kicks were 5-2 in favor of the Spartans.
In the second half, the Tribe had a nice opportunity at a second score just over nine minutes in. On the attack, freshman Michael Teiman sent a nice ball in to the box. O'Brien passed the ball over to fellow freshman Chris Albiston, who fired a shot from 15 yards out. Albiston's shot appeared to have hit the hand of a UNCG defender, but was called instead a team save.
Just under three minutes later, however, the Tribe would not be denied its second goal. After a failed UNC Greensboro clearance, the ball was up for grabs in the Spartans' 18-yard box. O'Brien headed the ball to an open Anderson, who finished with the outside of his right foot from eight yards out, pushing W&M's lead to 2-0. Like Smith's earlier assist, O'Brien's helper marked the rookie's first career point.
Following the Tribe's goal, Greensboro went on the attack, but for the third time this season, Smolinsky and the College's defense would post the shutout. Smolinsky was again terrific for the Tribe, making three nice saves for the clean sheet.
For the match, William and Mary out shot the Spartans, 13-10, with the College getting six shots on goal to three for UNCG. Corner kicks went in favor of Greensboro, 8-6.
The William and Mary Tribe men's soccer team will next be in action on Saturday, September 24 when the College heads to Philadelphia to play the Drexel Dragons. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.