DURHAM, North Carolina – Jamie Dell's second goal of the season, coming in the 79th minute, broke a 1-all deadlock and lifted UNCW to a 2-1 win over Duke on Tuesday at Koskinen Stadium.
The Seahawks ran their record to 5-3-1 with their second straight win while the Blue Devils, who dropped their first non-conference game of the season, fell to 4-4-2. It was UNCW's first win in Durham since 2006.
"We're on a bit of roll in our last three games and we're hoping that winning becomes a habit," said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. "When they (Duke) equalized, we could have hung our heads, but we didn't. I was delighted with the response which led to Dell putting us back in front."
It was the second straight year that Dell, who finished with a goal and an assist, broke the hearts of the Blue Devils as he also netted the game-winning marker last season in UNCW's 2-1 win at the UNCW Soccer Stadium."
"Jamie is beginning to round into form as we enter conference play. He's been working hard to improve all areas of his game and it's paying off.
Following a scoreless first half in which UNCW outshot its host, 6-1, junior Jacob VanCompernolle pushed the Seahawks in front in the 64th minute off assists from Jose Garcia and Dell. VanCompernolle was on the tap-in finish of a cross.
The Blue Devils drew even on leading scorer Brody Huitema's fifth goal of the season in the 77th minute. Luis Rendon earned an assist on the strike as Huitema scored from 15 yards out.
Dell converted the game-winner as he went 1-v-1 with Duke goalkeeper Alex Long and knocked in the difference maker at the 78:35 mark. Dell gained possession of the ball in the middle of the field and worked his way through the defense before his showdown with Long.
Long finished with four saves.
Duke attempted to draw even in the 86th minute when Huitema rang the crossbar, but Alex Sauciuc's follow up shot was stopped by UNCW goalkeeper Sam Williams.
Williams made three saves in his third straight start for the Seahawks, who own a 2-0-1 mark during that stretch.
The Seahawks close out their three-game road stretch on Saturday with a Colonial Athletic Association matchup against Hofstra. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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