WILMINGTON, South Carolina – Junior forward Kayla Cappuzzo scored the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute as Northeastern held off UNCW to earn a 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Friday evening.
The Huskies, who earned their fourth win in the last five outings, upped their record to 7-5-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the CAA. Meanwhile, UNCW dropped to 6-3-2 on the season, including a 0-1-1 mark in league play.
Sophomore forward Hannah Rosenblatt gave Northeastern a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when she scored her fifth goal of the season on a 17-yard shot to the near post.
UNCW tied the game in the closing seconds of the first half when senior midfielder Moa Jarl took a quick shot off a corner kick by junior forward Brittany Cline and scored her second goal of the season.
But, the Huskies answered less than seven minutes into the second half when Cappuzzo collected a loose ball and scored on a 13-yard shot for a 2-1 advantage Northeastern never relinquished.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nathalie Nidetch made all seven of her saves in the second half as UNCW outshot Northeastern by a commanding 14-4 margin, including an 11-1 count after the intermission.
Senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy made one save in 79 minutes before being replaced by senior Liisa Rahkola, who did not record a save.
#SeahawkStats: Northeastern now leads the all-time series by an 8-5-0 margin after earning its fourth straight victory over the Seahawks … Each of those four games have been decided by an one-goal margin … UNCW outshot its opponent for the 10th time in 11 games this season … Cline became the 15th different UNCW player to record a point this season and the 13th different player with an assist … UNCW held Northeastern to a season-low four shots … The Seahawks are now 2-3-1 at home this season.
Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks remain at home on Sunday, Oct. 2, to host Hofstra in a CAA contest at 1 p.m.
College Women's Soccer: Northeastern 2, UNCW 1
Northeastern 1 1 - 2
UNCW 1 0 - 1
Goals: NU – Hannah Rosenblatt (19:53), Kayla Cappuzzo (51:22); UNCW – Moa Jarl (44:57). Assists: NU – n/a; UNCW – Brittany Cline. Saves: NU – Nathalie Nidetch 7 (90:00, 1 goals allowed); UNCW – Carolyn Huddy 1 (78:20, 2 goals allowed), Liisa Rahkola 0 (11:20, 0 goals allowed). Shots: NU – 4; UNCW – 14. Corner Kicks: NU – 7; UNCW – 7. Attendance: 476.