WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women's soccer team scored a pair of goals in each half and four different players found the net in a successful home opener, 4-2, over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks improved to 2-5-0 this season by winning their first game in the Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational. UNCW meets Longwood in Sunday's championship finale after the Lancers held on for a 4-3 nail biter over Elon in the tourney opener.
In Friday's nightcap, the Seahawks dominated the game offensively, outshooting TAMCC by a wide 24-5 margin, but still had some tense moments late in the game before breaking away. TAMCC now stands 1-4-0 on the young season.
Junior midfielder Stephanie Bronson got Paul Cairney's team off to a quick start by taking a pass from Katrina Guillou and beating TAMCC goalie Audrey Baldwin just 34 seconds into the contest for a quick 1-0 advantage.
The Seahawks increased the lead to 2-0 at 10:09 when Natalie Winslow sent a long pass to Maddie McCormick and the sophomore midfielder converted a one-on-one for her second strike of the season.
TAMCC, behind leading scoring Yvette Franco, scored with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first period to keep close at intermission. The speedy Franco took a ball at the top of the penalty area and found the net from 18 yards out to get the Islanders on the board.
In the second half, UNCW freshman Caroline McLain pushed the margin to 3-1 with her first career goal at 62:23. The rookie from Cary, N.C., raced down the right side, cut across the end line and stunned Baldwin from close range to give the Seahawks a two-goal cushion.
Junior Katie O'Connell hiked the lead to 4-1 by scoring at the 71:11 mark. Freshman Kennedy Ulrich was credited with an assist as the Seahawks recorded a season-high in scoring with their fourth goal.
Franco then closed out the scoring by notching her second goal of the game and the seventh of the season when she beat UNCW reserve keeper Caroline Huddy in a breakaway at 80:51.
Longwood 4, Elon 3: Longwood, 1-3-2, built a 2-0 lead in the first half and survived a late scare to edge Elon, 4-3, in the tournament opener. Freshman midfielder Amanda Spencer scored a hat trick for the Lancers, including the game-winner with 5:02 remaining to help the Lancers win for the first time this season. Elon, 3-1-1, outshot Longwood by a 17-15 count, but the Phoenix could not contain Spencer, who scored three times on five attempts.
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