PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Junior forward Julio Moncada scored the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute to lead No. 24 UNCW to a 1-0 victory over Drexel in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Vidas Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Seahawks, who extended their unbeaten streak to three straight games, upped their record to 6-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the CAA. Drexel dropped to 1-7-2 overall and 0-3-0 in league play after suffering its fifth loss in a row.
“That was an important three points on the road today,” Coach Aidan Heaney said. “As expected, the Drexel players worked very hard in the game, so it was by no means easy.
“I was proud of how our team performed,” Heaney added. “We showed great focus and desire to get the victory and did a good job of limiting Drexel’s chances. It’s especially pleasing to win and secure a shutout as well.”
Moncada gave UNCW the one-goal lead with 18:04 remaining in regulation when he converted a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Cretens earned his fourth shutout of the season after making two saves for the Seahawks, who limited Drexel to just three shots.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach tallied five saves in the loss for Drexel.
#SeahawkStats: UNCW earned its third straight win over Drexel and now holds an 11-4-0 advantage in the all-time series … The Seahawks are 2-0-1 in their last three games, allowing just one goal during that span … The Seahawks have also posted all four of their shutouts in the last six outings … Drexel has not scored a goal during its current five-game losing streak … Moncada became the second UNCW player to convert a penalty kick this season after sophomore David Lozano scored a penalty kick goal against Dayton on Sept. 9 … The Seahawks outshot their opponent for the seventh time in eight games … UNCW held Drexel to a season-low three shots, which are also the fewest by a UNCW opponent this season … Moncada posted his fourth game-winning goal of the season.
Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks return to non-conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 4, by visiting No. 4 North Carolina for a 7 p.m. contest at Fetzer Field.
College Men’s Soccer: No. 24 UNCW 1, Drexel 0
UNCW 0 1 - 1
Drexel 0 0 - 0
Goals: UNCW – Julio Moncada (71:56 – pk); DREX – n/a. Assists: UNCW – n/a; DREX – n/a. Saves: UNCW – Ryan Cretens 2 (90:00, 0 goals allowed); DREX – Tyler Afflerbach 5 (90:00, 1 goals allowed). Shots: UNCW – 17; DREX – 3. Corner Kicks: UNCW – 4; DREX – 3. Attendance: 233.