Seahawks pick up two soccer wins on Sunday

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Submitted: Mon, 09/03/2012 - 3:43am
Updated: Mon, 09/03/2012 - 3:55am

WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Senior Stephanie Rose tallied four points on a goal and two assists to lead UNCW to a 3-2 victory over Davidson in collegiate women’s soccer action Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks improved to 2-2-1 on the season with the victory as it picked up its fourth win in five tries against the Wildcats, who slipped to 1-3-0 with the one-goal setback.

Following a two-hour delay due to weather, Davidson opened the scoring at the 13:16 mark as sophomore Stephanie Piperno collected a loose ball at the top of the box and fired a shot that deflected off a UNCW defender and into the goal for the game’s first tally.

UNCW leveled the score at 1-all in the 36th minute when Rose found freshman Morgan Leyble with a pass inside the box before the Jacksonville, N.C., product buried a shot into the lower left hand corner of the net for her second goal in as many contests.

Rose put the Seahawks ahead, 2-1, at the 56:59 mark, using a through ball from junior Nicole Costa to get behind the defense before placing a shot just inside the left post for her first goal of the campaign.

UNCW would stretch its lead to 3-1 less than three minutes later. Senior Amanda Holmes took a feed from Rose at the top of the box and place into the left side of the net for her first goal of the season . Sophomore Stephanie Bronson was also credited with an assist on the play.

Davidson cut the Seahawks cushion in half in the 69th minute as junior Tori Krause knocked home a loose ball on a goalmouth scramble for her second strike of the season.

The Wildcats had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes, but freshman Sarah Tuggle’s shot attempt on a breakaway opportunity went just wide of the goal.

Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter made nine saves in goal for the Seahawks. Junior Renae Cairns got the start in net for the Wildcats and made three saves before being replaced in the 65th minute by sophomore Rachel Locke, who finished with two stops.

UNCW held a slim 16-15 edge in shots taken in the contest and enjoyed a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks taken.

Both teams return to action Friday. UNCW hosts Campbell in action in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational at 7:30 p.m. Davidson entertains Clemson in a 7 p.m. kickoff.

BOONE,NC (UNCW sports release) — Sophomore Mateo Cardona needed less than a minute to score the game-winning goal as UNCW edged host Appalachian State, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday at the ASU Soccer Stadium.
The win evened the Seahawks’ record at 1-1-1 as they completed a 1-1 week with both matches on the road. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the season to dip to 2-1.
“I’m very happy with the outcome,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “It’s a tough place to play and they’re a very experienced side defensively. This is a good win and something we hope to build upon.”
ASU ranked sixth nationally in goals against average in 2011 at 0.63 goals per game.
On the winning goal, junior Michael Parrish forced an ASU turnover by the backline and sent a short cross to a charging Cardona, who took a touch and launched a shot from 20 yards out that clanged off the right post and into the goal at the 90:41 mark. It was his second goal of the season.
The victory was the first for the Seahawks on the road since the 2010 season when they topped George Mason, 2-1, in the season finale on Nov. 6. UNCW was 0-8-1 in 2011 away from the friendly confines of the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Danny Free finished with three saves on the afternoon for ASU.
Sophomore goal keeper Brad Newman made three saves in recording his first career clean sheet in two starts.
For Cardona, it was his first career game-winner and the third goal of his career.
The Seahawks and Mountaineers were basically even on the stat sheet with both sides taking 12 shots and ASU holding a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
UNCW returns to action on Sept. 7, when it faces nationally-ranked Furman on the opening day of the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. The Seahawks will face their third and fourth Southern Conference foes of the season that weekend when they also take on College of Charleston on Sept. 9.

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