Junior forward Moa Jarl (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored a goal and assist as UNCW extended its win streak to seven consecutive games with a 3-2 victory over Drexel in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Friday evening.
The Seahawks, who snapped a three-game winless streak against the Dragons, improved to 8-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the CAA. Drexel suffered its second straight loss and dropped 6-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the CAA.
UNCW sprinted out to a 2-0 lead in the opening seven minutes of the game. Senior midfielder Stephanie Bronson (Leesville H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) scored just 3:58 into the match when she one-timed a crossing pass from junior forward Katrina Guillou (Bishop Ireton H.S./Fort Washington, Md.) for her third goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Jarl upped the advantage to 2-0 when she scored her first goal of the season off a corner kick from junior midfielder Kennedy Ulrich (Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada).
Senior forward Maddie McCormick (Alexis I. DuPont H.S./Newark, Del.) extended the Seahawks’ edge to 3-1 just over five minutes into the second half when she took a through pass from Jarl and scored on a two-touch shot into the near post.
The Dragons narrowed the gap in the 63rd minute as freshman forward Vanessa Kara (Moorestown Friends H.S./Burlington, N.J.) took advantage of a UNCW turnover and tallied her sixth goal of the year with a shot to the far post.
Huddy, the reigning CAA Co-Player of the Week, made two saves, including a stop of a penalty kick in the 34th minute, as UNCW limited Drexel to just nine shots, including three attempts in the first half.
UNCW returns home on Sunday afternoon to host Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association contest beginning at 2 p.m.