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UNCW claimed its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener with a 1-0 win over conference newcomer College of Charleston (S.C.) on Saturday as Jack Ward’s goal in the 48th minute proved to be the difference.
Ward scored just 2:50 into the second half on a beautiful setup from Jamie Dell. Dell took the ball to the end line and sent a cross from the left side into the box. Colin Bonner let the ball roll through his legs and Ward knocked home his first goal of the season.
“It’s huge to get three points on the road in conference play,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “I thought we came out passive in the first half, but were able to raise our level of play immediately in the second half.”
The Seahawks improved to 4-3-1 overall with their third road win of the season and visits Duke for a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Huskies edge Seahawks in Sunday matinee
Freshman Haley Sinclair scored in 69th minute to break a one-all tie and lead Northeastern to a 2-1 victory over UNCW in CAA women’s soccer action Sunday at Parsons Field.
The Huskies improved to 2-6-3 overall and 2-0-0 in league play, while the Seahawks slipped to 5-7-0 and 0-2-0.
Sinclair’s game-winning strike came at the 68:28 mark as she headed home a corner kick from senior Hanna Terry for her first collegiate tally.
Northeastern held a 12-6 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 5-2 advantage in the second half. Both teams were awarded two corner kicks.
UNCW returns to action at home Oct. 4 as it hosts Towson in a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Sea Devils split weekend games at home
The Cape Fear Community College men’s soccer team split two games at home over the weekend with a 3-0 win against Richard Bland College on Saturday, followed by a 2-1 setback to James Henry Community College on Sunday.
Josh Plowman, Sergio Esperrago and Jon Keaver netted goals in the victory, while Esperrago notched the only score for CFCC on Sunday.
The Sea Devils (7-4-1 4-3-1) play in their next Region X game on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Louisburg College.