The UNCW men’s soccer team rallied from an early deficit to tie the game midway through the second half against Delaware, but neither team was about to score the game winner as the teams earned a 1-1 draw in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The tie improved the Seahawks’ record to 8-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens are now 7-6-3 overall and 3-2-1 in league play.
Delaware struck first in the 15th minute when sophomore defender Thibault Philippe headed in a long cross from senior midfielder Joe Dipre for his third goal of the season. But, UNCW answered with 26:35 remaining when senior forward Nathaniel Goodwin tallied his fourth goal of the year off a feed from senior forward Colin Bonner.
“Delaware is a talented team and just defeated Maryland on the road, so we will take the point and now look forward to hosting College of Charleston at home on Wednesday,” said Coach Aidan Heaney.
Next up for the Seahawks is a home match at 7 p.m. Wednesday against College of Charleston.
Women’s soccer clinches third seed in CAA tourney
Senior forwards Stephanie Bronson and Maddie McCormick each scored a goal and added an assist as UNCW secured the third seed in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament by shutting out College of Charleston, 4-0, in the regular season finale for both teams at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The win elevated the Seahawks’ record to 13-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Cougars’ record dropped to 8-9-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the CAA. By securing the third seed in the tournament, the Seahawks will host sixth-seeded Delaware in a quarterfinal game on Sunday, Nov. 1. The time for that game has not yet been decided.
Bronson gave UNCW a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when she took a crossing pass from McCormick and scored on a one-touch shot for her sixth goal of the season.
Just under 15 minutes into the second half, junior midfielder Kennedy Ulrich extended the advantage to 2-0 when she netted her fourth goal of the season after passes from senior defender Sydney Sawaya and junior midfielder Moa Jarl.
After McCormick upped the margin to 3-0 less than two minutes later off an assist from Bronson, sophomore forward Serenity Waters scored her second goal of the season with 16:19 left after chipping a shot over Charleston junior goalkeeper Lauren Killian into the far side of the goal.
Junior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy made six saves en route to earning her eighth shutout of the season, setting a school record.
UNCW secured a top-four finish in the CAA standings for the fifth time in program history. It is the Seahawks’ highest finish in the league since a third-place finish in 2012.
The Seahawks also tied a school record by earning their 13th win of the season, matching the mark set in 2006 and 2009. In addition, the 13 wins are the most by a UNCW team in a regular season in program history, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 set in 2008 and 2012.