The UNCG men’s soccer program has won 557 games over its 46-year history, appearing in 19 NCAA Tournaments at all three levels (NCAA Division III, Division II and Division I), highlighted by five NCAA Division III National Championships. The Spartans won their five championships in a six-year period from 1982-87 and became the first men’s soccer program in NCAA history to win three consecutive titles (1985-87).
The Spartans won their first NCAA Division III National Championship under head coach Michael Berticelli in 1982. UNCG finished the season with a 19-3-0 overall record and won three straight one-goal games in the Tournament to clinch the first-ever title in program history.
UNCG won its second straight National Championship in 1983, posting a 23-1-1 overall record. The Spartans opened the regular season with 16 straight victories and out-scored opponents by a 102-9 margin on the year. UNCG posted 18 shutouts on the season, including shutouts in three out of the four NCAA Tournament games.
After a year hiatus, the Spartans returned to National Champion status in 1985 under National Coach of the Year Michael Parker. UNCG recorded a 20-5-0 overall record and won its final eight games of the season. The Spartans were dominant in the NCAA Tournament, out-scoring opponents by a 17-1 margin.
The Spartans won their second-straight in 1986, winning their last eight games of the season to finish with an 18-5-0 record. UNCG out-scored opponents by an 11-4 margin in the NCAA Tournament but had to pull out two one-goal victories over Bethany and Fredonia State in the national semifinals.
UNCG made history in 1987 by winning its third straight National Championship and fifth overall. The Spartans won their final seven games and posted a 17-7-1 overall record. UNCG had to go to penalty kicks in the first game of the NCAA Tournament but then out-scored opponents 12-3 over the final four games to claim the title.
The Spartans moved up to NCAA Division II and quickly made its mark on that level with a National Title game appearance in 1989 with a 19-4-1 record. UNCG moved again in 1991, transitioning to the NCAA Division I level. UNCG made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in just its third year at the NCAA Division I level in 1993.
The Spartans would win four straight Big South Conference Championships and advance to four straight NCAA Tournaments from 1993-1996. UNCG finished the 1996 season with a 21-2-0 record and ranked No. 7 in the final Soccer America poll. The 1998 season saw the Spartans advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 19-4-2 record, finishing 13th in the nation.
From 2004-2010, the Spartans would make five NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons with all five appearances winning at least one game in the event. UNCG advanced to the Sweet 16 for three straight seasons in 2004, 2005 and 2006, finishing in the top 20 in the country all three years, led by a ninth place finish in 2004.
The UNCG Soccer Stadium, the Spartans’ home since 1991, is one of the preeminent facilities in all of college soccer. UNCG has won over 70 percent of its home games, providing a true home field advantage. The facility hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four in 1997 and 1998, setting a then-championship record for attendance at 20,058 fans. The stadium also hosted the 1996 Olympic champion Women’s National Soccer Team, which played the opening game in the Victory Tour in the stadium on April 24, 1997, defeating France. The stadium also hosted the men’s national teams of the U.S. and Canada for a friendly in 1992.