GREENSBORO, NC— Freshman Max Hasenstab has led the Winthrop men's soccer team in scoring this season, but no goal has been bigger than the one he scored in the 89th minute for a 1-0 victory at UNC Greensboro, Wednesday night.
Hasenstab made a wide run as the Eagles moved the ball down the field and Achille Obougou controlled the ball just outside the 18-yard box before feeding a pass behind the defense. Obougou's pass split the back line perfectly and Hasenstab received the pass, took a touch and then slipped the left footed shot past the keeper for the first game-winning goal of his collegiate career.
With the victory, the Eagles remain unbeaten on the year at 6-0-1 with six of the games coming on the road. It was just the second victory all-time for Winthrop against the Spartans, who fall to 4-4.
"I thought we played well the second half," said Winthrop head coach Rich Posipanko. "It was a hard, physical game. At the end of the night it could have gone either way."
Winthrop had two good scoring chances at the start of the second half. Obougou stole the ball immediately following the kickoff by UNCG and dribbled the ball toward goal and fired a 30-yard shot waist high to the right side of the goal, but Stephen Moffitt was there to make the save. About a minute later, the ball was played into box where Obougou brought it down about eight yards out straight on goal. He was able to get off a soft shot that was blocked and came out to Hasenstab who played the ball back to Adam Brundle. The pass set up Brundle for a one-time shot but his attempt to bend the ball into the open net on the right side of the goal sailed over the crossbar.
In the 53rd minute, Hasenstab countered in open space and played the ball off to Josh Choice trailing the play and his low shot just inside the 18-yard box from an angle was dropped on by Moffitt. Less than two minutes later, Hasenstab had a go from about 30 yards that forced Moffitt to make a diving save.
There wasn't much action in the first half as both team's made their attempts to break the tie with long shots and dumping the ball into the box, but neither team could break through. UNCG and Winthrop both had chances going forward where the final pass was 1-2 feet off or behind the player that would have set them up nicely in the box.
Guilherme was very solid in goal all night and ended with two saves to record his second shutout of the season and the team's third. Moffitt finished with eight saves. Winthrop finished with a 14-10 advantage in shots with an 11-3 edge in the second half alone.
Winthrop will remain on the road as it heads to Lexington, VA on Saturday, Sept. 28 for its Big South Conference opener against Virginia Military Institute at 11:30 a.m. A victory on Saturday by the Eagles would tie the best record for the start of a season without a loss.