Led by two scores from freshman midfielder Ben Fisher (Chapel Hill H.S./Chapel Hill, N.C.), the UNCW men’s soccer team surged out to a three-goal lead in the first half and never looked back en route to a 5-0 victory over South Carolina at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening.
Playing in front of a crowd of 1,227 fans, which included nearly 50 former UNCW players and Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, the Seahawks earned their fourth consecutive victory and improved to 4-0-1 on the season. The Gamecocks, who were playing on the road for just the second time this season, dropped their record to 2-2-1.
After netting the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the first half, Fisher added his second marker with 32 minutes remaining in the opening stanza when he hit a 20-yard blast after a South Carolina defender tried to clear a corner kick by the Seahawks.
Senior forward Colin Bonner (Reservoir H.S./Fulton, Md.) upped the advantage to 3-0 with 3:53 left in the first half when he headed in a corner kick by senior midfielder Jose Garcia (Woodward Academy/College Park, Ga.) for his fifth goal of the season.
Junior Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) and senior Sam Williams (Fayetteville Academy/Clinton, N.C.) combined to make three saves as UNCW outshot South Carolina by an 11-5 margin.
UNCW opens a two-game road trip on Tuesday, Sept. 15 by traveling to Duke for a 7 p.m. non-conference match against the Blue Devils.