University of North Carolina-Wilmington soccer and volleyball open season on a high note

PortCityDaily.com is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Men’s soccer

Led by two goals from junior forward Stian Sandbekkhaug, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) overcame an early deficit by scoring four unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 victory over Campbell in the season opener for both teams at the Eakes Athletic Complex.

2016 Campbell University Men Soccer vs UNC Wilmington
2016 Campbell University Men Soccer vs UNC Wilmington

Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, but Sandbekkhaug scored back-to-back goals in an 11-minute span to give UNCW a 2-1 advantage. After scoring off an assist from freshman Dylan Chain with 2:13 left in the first half, he tallied his second goal in the 54th minute off assists from senior forward Julio Moncado and junior midfielder Kalvin Kromer.

“We showed a fantastic response after going behind early,” Coach Aidan Heaney said. “The goal right before halftime came at just the right time – Stian and Dylan combined off the bench to spark us.”

Kromer upped the Seahawks’ cushion to 3-1 in the 61st minute and freshman midfielder Mason Schuster notched his first career goal to seal the result.

“We were able to take over the game in the second half and finish our opportunities,” Heaney said. “A big factor in our win was the depth of our squad because it was extremely hot and humid tonight against a tough rival in Campbell.”

The Seahawks continue their season-opening road trip on  Friday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. contest at the the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

 Women’s soccer

Coming off a 2-2 draw to open the fall schedule on Friday, freshman forward Nikki Cox tallied twice to lead UNCW women’s soccer in a 4-1 result over UMBC at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Seahawks, who defeated UMBC for the second year in a row, improved to 3-0-1 on the season, while the Retrievers’ record dropped to 2-2-0.

The UNCW women's soccer team is 1-1 after the opening weekend.
The UNCW women’s soccer team is 1-1 after the opening weekend.

UNCW jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 19 minutes of the game. After Cox scored off a feed from Wilmington native Baley Edwards in the 14th minute, senior forward Serenity Waters took advantage of a turnover by the Retrievers to score her third goal of the year for the two-goal advantage.

Edwards, a Laney High School graduate, notched her first collegiate goal in the match against Navy to open the year, while senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy recorded two saves in the win over UMBC.

The Seahawks return to the pitch for a 7 p.m. non-conference game at Campbell on Wednesday, Aug. 31,

 

Volleyball

 After dropping just one game in two matches to start the season opening weekend, the UNCW volleyball team suffered a 3-0 straight set sweep at the hands of Davidson College to close the Courtyard by Marriott Classic inside Hanover Hall on Sunday.

Sydney Brock had a big weekend for UNCW to open the year.
Sydney Brock had a big weekend for UNCW to open the year.

The Seahawks grabbed wins over Jacksonville and Winthrop to open the fall schedule, but Davidson outlasted UNCW early in the match and dominated in the decisive third game to grab the result. The Wildcats (1-2) picked up their first win of the season, while UNCW (2-1) suffered its first loss.

Alyssa Desjardins earned tournament MVP as the senior UNCW setter had 25 assists against Davidson after posting a double-double the night prior in a 3-1 win against Jacksonville. Desjardins doled out 39 assists and tallied 12 digs during Saturday’s contest.  She posted assists on 15 of UNCW’s 25 kills in the season opener against Winthrop on Friday.

The Seahawks visit Boone, N.C., for the Black and Gold Invitational beginning on Sept. 2. UNCW opens its tournament appearance that evening with a 7 p.m. start against host, Appalachian State.