No. 12 Virginia edges UNCW in overtime

Virginia scored in overtime to beat UNCW on Monday. (Source: Joe Browning,
Virginia scored in overtime to beat UNCW on Monday. (Source: Joe Browning,

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW News Release) - Junior defender Sergi Nus scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute as No. 12 Virginia edged UNCW, 2-1, in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday night.

The win allowed the Cavaliers to remain undefeated with a 3-0 record. UNCW (3-1) had its three-game win streak snapped.

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead with 16:45 left in the first half when junior forward Edward Opoku took a through pass from Joe Bell and scored on a breakaway past redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Cretens.

UNCW answered midway through the second half when sophomore midfielder Phillip Goodrum gathered a loose ball in the center of the penalty area and netted his second goal of the season.

Nus tallied the game-winning goal for the Cavaliers when he converted a corner kick from freshman midfielder Faris Abdi with 6:14 remaining in the first overtime period.

Senior goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell made three saves for the Cavaliers, who outshot UNCW by an 8-5 margin. Cretens registered one save for the Seahawks.  

Game Notes:

  • Virginia leads the all-time series by a 3-0-0 margin.
  • Each of the Seahawks' last three games have been decided by a one-goal margin.
  • UNCW played its first overtime game since a scoreless draw at Elon on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • The Seahawks are now 7-7-0 over the last three seasons against nationally-ranked opponents.

Up Next: The Seahawks return home on Friday, Sept. 8, to host Longwood inside UNCW Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.