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UNCW men take down Duke

Jacob VanCompernolle (Source: uncwsports.com) Jacob VanCompernolle (Source: uncwsports.com)

UNCW Press Release:

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Jacob VanCompernolle scored twice, including the game-winner in the 79th minute, to lift #26 UNCW past #23 Duke, 2-1, on Tuesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks ran their winning streak to four and improved to 6-1-1 with the win. The Blue Devils dropped to 3-3-1 with the loss and saw their losing streak to UNCW extended to three.

On the winning goal, Duke attempted to clear the ball but Brayden Smith was able to collect the ball and send a short pass to the left wing to VanCompernolle. After taking a touch to settle the ball, VanCompernolle ripped a left-footed shot across the penalty area and inside the far post for the winner.

Trailing 1-0 after 45 minutes of play, Duke was able to draw even in the 69th minute on a header from Pat Eggleston. Sean Davis set up the tying score with a corner kick from the right side that found Eggleston's head in the middle of the penalty area.

Davis had an opportunity to give the Blue Devils the lead in the 75th minute, but UNCW goalkeeper Sean Melvin guessed correctly on Davis' penalty kick for the save.

VanCompernolle opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a header off a corner kick by Mateo Cardona.

Melvin finished with five saves while Joe Ohaus made two stops for Duke.

The Seahawks finished with a 16-13 advantage in shots after taking a 9-2 lead in the first half.

UP NEXT: The Seahawks visit Williamsburg, Va., to open Colonial Athletic Association play against William & Mary on Sept. 27. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed for free by Tribeathletics.tv

NOTES: The victory was the third straight for the Seahawks over the Blue Devils … VanCompernolle now has eight career goals, including two game-winners … His previous game-winner was against Georgia State in 2012 … UNCW hit the goal post on four occasions … The Seahawks now are 5-0-0 when scoring twice in a game … Tonight's crowd was announced at 882.

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