WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Senior Chrissy Gratz scored in the 87th minute to break a 1-all tie and lift East Carolina to a 2-1 victory over host UNCW in collegiate women’s soccer action Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Pirates leveled their season mark at 4-4-0 with the victory while Seahawks moved to 5-3-1 overall as they saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Gratz tallied the decisive marker at the 86:59 mark of the contest, taking a cross from senior Rachel Fuller on the right side of the box before placing a shot on goal that was partly blocked by a UNCW defender before finding its way across the goal line. The game-winning goal, which came moments after the Seahawks had hit the crossbar, was Gratz’s second tally of the season.
Sophomore Stephanie Seagrave gave ECU a 1-0 lead at the 38:56 mark of the first half, heading home a ball played into the box by senior Katlin Povich for her second goal of the season.
Senior Stephanie Rose drew the Seahawks level at 1-all in the 68th minute, taking a feed from senior Kim Currie at midfield and racing down the right side before slotting a ball into the left side of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
UNCW held a 17-8 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 12-4 edge in the second half. The Seahawks also posted a 6-2 margin in corner kicks taken.
Junior Christiane Cordero made four saves in goal for the Pirates. Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter finished with three saves for the Seahawks.
UNCW returns to action Thursday as it opens Colonial Athletic Association play with a 6 p.m. match against Hofstra at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. ECU is back on the pitch Friday as it begins its Conference USA schedule at home against UTEP in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) — Jake Keegan’s second goal of the contest, coming with one second left in regulation, proved to be the difference as Binghamton dropped UNCW, 3-2, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium in the final game of the UNCW/Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Sunday.
The Bearcats upped their record to 3-4 and finished second in the tournament behind champion Saint Mary’s (Calif.), who blanked Appalachian State in the day’s first game, 2-0. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their ledger drop to 2-4-1 and finished fourth in the tournament. Appalachian State finished third.
After UNCW drew even in the 83rd minute on freshman Colin Bonner’s second goal of the game, BU made a final push in the waning seconds. Ben Nicholson collected a loose ball in the middle of the offensive third and fired a shot from 30 yards out that struck the cross bar. An unmarked Keegan collected the rebound and tucked his shot inside the right post from 10 yards out for the winner.
Keegan was honored as the Most Outstanding Performer on offense as he pushed his goal total to seven on the season with his two strikes and added an assist.
BU opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Steven Celeste was on the finishing end of a pair of slick passes from Keegan and Tommy Moon, who were both credited with assists. Moon sent a cross from the right side to Keegan, who directed his pass to an open Celeste on the left side 18 yards out.
Bonner answered for the Seahawks in the 40th minute with his first collegiate goal. The Fulton, Md., product used every bit of his 6-4 frame to head home a deep throw in from the right side from Andrew Barber.
Keegan restored BU’s lead, 2-1, in the 56th minute when his shot from 30 yards out eluded UNCW goalkeeper Brandon Bolen, who made two saves on the game.
Bonner struck again to draw UNCW even in the 83rd minute. After forcing an errant pass back to the BU goalkeeper, Bonner took a touch past the charging Stefano Frantelizzi and knocked home his second goal of the match.
Frantelizzi posted three saves on the afternoon, including a point-blank save on Bonner midway through the second half.
UNCW outshot the Bearcats, 12-6, while both sides had four corner kicks.
The Seahawks return to action on Sept. 22, when they visit George Mason in their Colonial Athletic Association opener.
Tournament champion Saint Mary’s edged Appalachian State, 2-0, in the opening match on Sunday. Justin Howard scored what would be the eventual game-winner in the 21st minute. SMC added an own goal in the 81st minute to round out the scoring. Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Andre Rawls of SMC, made two saves in producing his second clean sheet of the tournament.
Saint Mary’s: Trevor Nyquist, Jose Cabeza, Bobby Connor, Andre Rawls. Binghamton: Jake Keegan, Trey Jasenski, Robbie Hughes. Appalachian State: Patrick Harrow, Lee Williams. UNCW: Michael Parrish, Jamie Dell.
Final Standings: Saint Mary’s, Binghamton, App. State, UNCW. (Binghamton finished with 0 goal differential while App. State was -1)
Offensive MVP: Jake Keegan, BU
Defensive MVP: Andre Rawls, Saint Mary’s
CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNCW sports release) — Led by junior Payne McLeod’s 12th-place showing, UNCW finished sixth overall at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on Sunday in its 2012-13 season opening tournament.
The Seahawks (289-294-298=881) finished two strokes ahead of East Carolina (291-294-298=883) and four strokes behind East Tennessee State (288-295-294=877). Duke (285-282-289=856) claimed the tournament title by six strokes over host UNC Chapel Hill (286-289-287=862).
NC State’s Albin Choi (66-71-68=205) finished 11-under-par for the tournament to claim medalist honors. Patrick Barrett (69-71-71=211) and Michael McGowan (72-68-72=212) of UNC finished second and third, respectively. Barrett competed as an individual.
McLeod (73-72-72=217) finished strong after double-bogeying the fifth hole. He was able to collect himself and post birdies on the following two holes to get back to even. Between holes eight through 11, he again struggled with a trio of bogeys to move to three over. But McLeod again recovered and posted birdies on the 13th, 16th and 17th holes to get even.
The Seahawks return to the course on Oct. 1-2, at the Daufuski Island Intercollegiate.
UNCW Results: T12. Payne McLeod (73-72-72=217); T27. Thomas Bass (68-77-76=221); T27. Stefan Brewer (74-70-77=221); T40. Ryan Nagy (75-75-74=224); 66. Jens Geweke (74-81-76=231).
Team Results: 1. Duke (285-282-289=856); 2. UNC (286-289-287=862); 3. Charlotte (289-286-298=873); 4. NC State (282-301-291=874); 5. East Tennessee (288-295-294=877); 6. UNCW (289-294-298=881); 7. East Carolina (291-294-298=883); 8. Boston College (295-297-293=885); 9. Notre Dame (298-292-297=887); T10. VCU (293-301-298=892); Gardner-Webb (300-293-299=892); 12. Maryland (299-297-299=895); 13. UNCG (301-295-303=899); 14. Furman (309-301-305=915).
Individual Results: 1. Albin Choi, NCSU (66-71-68=205); 2. Patrick Barrett*, UNC (69-71-71=211); 3. Michael McGowan, UNC (72-68-72=212); T4. Mads Soegaard*, Duke (73-70-70=213; Dan Hendry, Charlotte (69-73-71=213); T6. G. Kristjansson, ETSU (68-73-73=214); Brinson Paolini, Duke (74-72-68=214); Motin Yeung, Duke (70-71-73=214); 9. Rhys Pugh, ETSU (66-74-75=215); T10. Bailey Patrick, UNC (69-78-69=216); Julian Suri, Duke (71-70-75=216).
* competed as an individual
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Cam Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards as the Carolina Panthers defeated New Orleans 35-27 on Sunday to hand the Saints their first 0-2 start since 2007.
One week after tying a franchise low with 10 yards rushing in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers rediscovered their running game against a porous Saints defense. The Panthers ran for 219 yards and Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs. Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving – the 39th 100-yard receiving game of his career – and Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers (1-1).
Drew Brees had won his previous five starts against Carolina. He threw for 325 yards but was intercepted twice, including once by Charles Godfrey, who returned it 9 yards for a touchdown.
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