WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Redshirt junior forward Julio Moncada registered his second two-goal game of the season as UNCW remained unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play with a 3-1 victory over league-leading Hofstra at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Seahawks, who were playing their first home game in three weeks, improved to 7-2-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league play. Meanwhile, Hofstra lost its first CAA game of the season and fell to 8-5-1 overall with a 6-1-0 mark in the league.
UNCW surged out to a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game. After junior midfielder Kalvin Kromer gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute, Moncada upped the advantage to 2-0 with 25:00 left in the first half with his sixth goal of the season off an assist from sophomore defender Matt Morgan.
Freshman Luke Brown trimmed the margin to 2-1 just under nine minutes into the second half when he collected a loose ball and scored his team-high sixth goal of the season.
But, Moncada answered with 5:59 remaining when he took a centering pass from sophomore midfielder David Lozano and scored on a 16-yard shot for a 3-1 lead the Seahawks did not relinquish.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Cretens made two saves for the Seahawks, who outshot Hofstra by a 9-7 margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Ashton also tallied two saves for Hofstra, which lost for just the second time in the last eight games.
#SeahawkStats: Hofstra leads the all-time series by a 9-5-2 margin, but the teams have alternated wins in each of the last seven meetings … UNCW has defeated the Pride in each of the last five encounters played in Wilmington … UNCW became just the third team to score two or more goals against Hofstra this season, joining Boston College and Charlotte … The Seahawks improved to 4-0-1 at home this season and have outscored opponents by an 11-2 margin in those contests … Moncada netted his fifth game-winning goal of the season, which is one shy of the UNCW single-season record … Morgan earned the first point of his college career with his assist in the first half … Moncada has scored four of his seven goals at home this year … UNCW has allowed just four goals in the last six games.
Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks complete their quick two-game homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with a non-conference game against NC State at 7 p.m.
College Men’s Soccer: UNCW 3, Hofstra 1
Hofstra 0 0 - 0
UNCW 0 0 - 0
Goals: HOF – Luke Brown (53:55); UNCW – Julio Moncada 2 (20:00, 84:01), Kalvin Kromer (10:27). Assists: HOF – n/a; UNCW – Phillip Goodrum, Matt Morgan, David Lozano. Saves: HOF – Alex Ashton 2 (90:00, 3 goals allowed); UNCW – Ryan Cretens 2 (90:00, 1 goals allowed). Shots: HOF – 7; UNCW – 9. Corner Kicks: HOF – 6; UNCW – 6. Attendance: 523.