GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of second half goals by UNCG midfielder David Reittinger helped pace the home-standing Spartans to a 3-0 victory over the visiting UNC Asheville men’s soccer team in the season opener for both squads on Friday evening.


With the victory the Spartans improve to 1-0 on the young season while the Bulldogs drop to 0-1.


“Congratulations to a very well organized, dynamic and attacking team in UNCG,” said Asheville head coach Matt Kern. “We defended well for periods of the game, but had a very difficult time dealing with the pressure from the Spartans. They did a great job of pressing and were dangerous on counterattacks and restarts.”


UNCG broke the scoreless tie in the 37th minute when Mahdi Ali was awarded a penalty kick and was able to convert to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Rob May was issued a red card on the foul in the box, leaving Asheville with only 10 men the rest of the match.


“Once we went down to 10 men we showed a decent work ethic and fight, so we will build on a couple of the positives and get ready for Brevard on Sunday,” added Kern.


Reittenger scored his first goal in the 64th minute, connecting on a breakaway into the box and scoring from 10 yards out. He posted his second goal in the 66th minute, taking a pass from Ali and putting into the back of the net from five yards away to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage.


The Bulldogs were out-shot 23-2 in the contest, with keeper Dan Jackson making eight saves in the contest.


UNC Asheville will host Brevard College on Sunday afternoon, with game time set for 2 p.m. The game is scheduled to be video streamed live on the Big South Network presented by State Farm. Visit BigSouthSports.com for more information.