WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Led by two goals from freshman forward Nikki Cox, UNCW extended its unbeaten streak to four straight games with a 4-1 victory over UMBC at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Seahawks, who defeated UMBC for the second year in a row, improved to 3-0-1 on the season while the Retrievers' record dropped to 2-2-0.
UNCW jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 19 minutes of the game. After Cox scored off a feed from freshman midfielder Baley Edwards in the 14th minute, senior forward Serenity Waters took advantage of a turnover by the Retrievers to score her third goal of the year for a 2-0 advantage.
The Retrievers trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with 25:47 remaining in the second half when junior midfielder Angela Kuhn headed in a corner kick by freshman Nikki Saad for her first goal of the season.
However, the Seahawks answered with 10:04 left when senior Madison Melnick scored her first goal of the season by converting a pass from Waters. Cox added an insurance goal with 1:44 left when she collected a loose ball and scored on a shot from a sharp angle.
Senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy recorded two saves in the win for UNCW, which outshot the Retrievers by an 18-5 margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Leah Roth tallied seven saves in the loss for UMBC.
#SeahawkStats: Cox posted her second multi-goal game of the season and has now scored six goals in the Seahawks' first four games … UNCW is now 23-2-3 since the start of the 2014 season when scoring at least two goals … The Seahawks also extended their home unbeaten streak to 11 straight games, dating back to the 2014 season finale … UNCW has outscored its opponents by a 9-0 margin in the first half this season … Melnick became the eighth different player to score a goal for the Seahawks this season … The Seahawks have also scored first in all four games this season … The Seahawks are off to their best start since 2007 when they posted an identical 3-0-1 record in the first four outings.