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#22 UNCW hosts #10 UNC Chapel Hill on Tuesday

UNCW celebrates after beating Duke UNCW celebrates after beating Duke

UNCW Press Release:

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The 22nd-ranked Seahawks host another ranked opponent on Tuesday when 10th-ranked UNC Chapel Hill visits the UNCW Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

UNCW (7-1-1) carries its longest winning streak, five games, since the 2008 season into the in-state battle with the Tar Heels (5-3) who have dropped their last two games following a 2-0 setback at top-ranked Notre Dame last weekend. The Seahawks stunned UNC last year in Chapel Hill, 1-0.

Tuesday will be #2KTuesday as UNCW looks to break the UNCW Soccer Stadium attendance record of 1,620 set against Duke in 2010. UNCW's highest attendance mark this season was 897 against Ohio State and the Duke game drew 882. Through four home games, the Seahawks are averaging 749 fans per game.

In the first two media rankings released on Monday, the Seahawks are 22nd in both the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Tar Heels are 10th in the Top Drawer rankings and 11th in College Soccer News.

The NCAA also released its first RPI rankings of the season and the Seahawks are 20th. Aiding in the RPI ranking is UNCW's 5-0 road record, which is tops in the nation.

Senior defender Jacob VanCompernolle was named to College Soccer News' national team-of-the-week after scoring twice in UNCW's win over then nationally-ranked Duke. VanCompernolle also helped an air tight defense against William & Mary as UNCW posted its third shutout of the season. He was also named CAA Player-of-the-Week for his efforts and became the third Seahawk to earn CAA honors this season, joining Jamie Dell (twice) and rookie Brayden Smith.

Mateo Cardona was the latest hero for the Seahawks after scoring the game-winner in the second overtime against William & Mary. Cardona's strike, 1:25 into the second overtime period, gave UNCW a 1-0 victory in Williamsburg.

UNCW will have a quick turnaround this week following the UNC Chapel Hill game when it hosts another nationally-ranked side on October 4 when Delaware visits for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Both matches are slated to be streamed by the Seahawk Digital Network, weather permitting. You can access the network via UNCWsports.com.

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