Campus report: N.C. State ends UNCW’s unbeaten streak; Seahawks’ men’s soccer/volleyball get road results

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Senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy tallied two saves, but the University of North Carolina – Wilmington  was unable to keep its unbeaten streak alive as North Carolina State posted a 2-0 non-conference victory over the Seahawks at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Junior forward Jackie Stengel and freshman midfielder Tziarra King each scored a goal for the Wolfpack, who improved to 4-2-0 on the season with their third consecutive win. UNCW, which suffered its first loss, dropped to 4-1-1 on the season.

Stengel gave N.C. State an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when she converted a crossing pass from Kristina Schuster for her team-high, fifth goal of the season. King upped the advantage to 2-0 midway through the second half when she connected on a long shot from 25 yards to score her third goal of the year.

UNCW dropped its first match of the season Sunday to NC State. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics.
UNCW dropped its first match of the season Sunday to NC State. (Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics)

Led by six saves from sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Wootten, the Wolfpack limited UNCW to a season-low 11 shots en route to the shutout win.

N.C. State has won all six previous meetings in the series against UNCW. Sunday’s loss snapped an 11-game home unbeaten streak for UNCW, dating back to the 2014 season.
The Seahawks return to the pitch with a road match at Furman on Sunday, Sept. 11.

UNCW volleyball rolls to three wins in Boone 

Led by tournament most valuable player Nicole Lott’s match-high 17 kills, UNCW rallied to win the fifth set against Wofford for a 3-2 win to take home the Black & Gold Classic championship on Saturday at Appalachian State in Boone.

Nicole Lott. photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.
Nicole Lott. (Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics)

The Seahawks improved to 5-1 with the win after topping Ohio, 3-1, earlier in the day.

“This weekend was full of pressure moments and I was impressed with our confidence and composure'” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Wofford and Ohio gave us a lot to handle, but we had some key players come in off the bench and give us the spark we needed. I’m extremely proud of how our veterans and freshmen worked together to pull out the win against Wofford.”

Lott notched a double-double, adding a team-high 21 digs. Setter Alyssa Desjardins, an all-tournament selection, also put together a double-double with 27 assists and 18 digs. Anna Moss also finished with 13 kills in 27 attacks and totaled six blocks.

After grabbing a straight set result over Appalachian State on Friday, UNCW grabbed a 3-1 win over Ohio before completing the weekend sweep over an Ohio team who earned an at-large berth in last year’s NCAA tournament.

The Seahawks will return to the court in the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas, on Sept. 9-10.

Second half surge leads UNCW men’s soccer

Senior forward Julio MoncadaJ scored two goals in the second half as UNCW scored three times in a 14-minute span to earn its second straight win, a 3-1 non-conference victory over UMBC at the Retriever Soccer Park.

The win improved the Seahawks’ record to 2-0-0, while UMBC dropped to 0-1-1 on the season.

The UNCW men's soccer team opens their home schedule this weekend. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
The UNCW men’s soccer team opens their home schedule this weekend. (Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics)

“This was really a great win on the road tonight,” Coach Aidan Heaney said. “UMBC is a strong side and this is not an easy place to play. We felt a little disappointed to go a goal down, to be honest, as we were playing well. But similar to last week, our team showed tremendous grit and determination to come back from the setback.

Down 1-0 in the second half, Moncada scored twice in a three-minute span to give UNCW a 2-1 advantage with 17:00 remaining. He tied the game on a 10-yard shot in the 71st minute after receiving a pass from sophomore midfielder Joel Bylander before converting another Bylander pass for the go-ahead marker.

Sophomore forward David Lozano added an insurance tally with 5:17 left when he converted a 16-yard shot for his first goal of the season.

The Seahawks open their regular season home schedule next weekend by hosting the UNCW SpringHill Suites Classic. UNCW faces Dayton on Friday, Sept. 9, before closing the tournament against Winthrop on Sunday, Sept. 11.