WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sixth-seeded College of Charleston scored two goals in a 57-second span to build a late lead and held off a strong comeback effort by third-seeded UNCW to earn a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Championship at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Cougars, who are making their second straight appearance in the tournament field, improved to 6-8-3 on the season and advance to the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11, to face Delaware. Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ season comes to a close with an 8-6-3 record.
Junior midfielder Avery Ryan gave Charleston a 1-0 lead with 15:07 remaining in regulation when he knocked in a rebound of a shot by senior forward Adan Noel for his second goal of the year.
Less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder Cornell Holland took a pass from Ryan and registered his second goal of the season.
Sophomore midfielder David Lozano trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with 13:21 left when he blasted home a long shot off a restart for his third goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Brian Kilgallon made three saves, including a pair of stops in the final 12 minutes, to secure the victory for the Cougars, who won their third straight game.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Cretens notched one save in the loss for UNCW.
#SeahawkStats: UNCW made its fifth consecutive appearance in the CAA Championship and played its first home tournament game since 2009 … UNCW is now 5-18-2 all-time in the CAA Championship, including a 3-3-1 mark at home … The Seahawks outshot their opponent for the 14th time in 17 games this season … The Cougars have won two of the last three meetings against the Seahawks, but UNCW still holds a 7-6-2 advantage in the all-time series … UNCW finished with a 5-3-1 record at home this season.
College Men’s Soccer: Col. of Charleston 2, UNCW 1 (CAA Quarterfinals)
Col. of Charleston 0 2 - 2
UNCW 0 1 - 1
Goals: COFC – Avery Ryan (74:53), Cornell Holland (75:30); UNCW – David Lozano (76:39). Assists: COFC – Adan Noel, Avery Ryan; UNCW – n/a. Saves: COFC – Brian Kilgallon 3 (90:00, 1 goals allowed); UNCW – Ryan Cretens 1 (90:00, 2 goals allowed). Shots: COFC – 7; UNCW – 8. Corner Kicks: COFC – 2; UNCW – 9. Attendance: 437.
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