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
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
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.