CONWAY, South Carolina – No. 16 UNCW used a pair of goals in the first half to build an early lead as the Seahawks earned their fifth win in the last six games with a 3-1 non-conference victory over Coastal Carolina at CCU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The victory allowed the Seahawks to elevate their record to 8-2-0 on the season while the Chanticleers fall to 4-6-0.
Freshman Emil Elveroth opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he converted a pass from junior Ben Fisher for his third goal of the season.
With 9:26 remaining in the opening stanza, the Seahawks upped the advantage to 2-0 when senior Kalvin Kromer converted a penalty kick attempt for his first goal of the season.
The Chanticleers trimmed the deficit to 2-1 just over six minutes into the second half when junior Yazeed Matthews scored on a penalty kick attempt past redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Cretens.
But, UNCW reclaimed a two-goal edge with 8:16 left as junior David Lozano scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick.
Cretens matched his season high by making five saves in the win for UNCW, which was outshot by a 15-8 margin.
Senior goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz recorded four saves in a losing effort for the Chanticleers.
? The Seahawks matched a season high with their three-goal effort on Tuesday night. UNCW also scored three goals in a win over North Florida on Aug. 27.
? UNCW scored two or more goals for the sixth time this season and has a 6-0-0 record in those contests. The Seahawks have won their last 29 games when scoring at least two goals.
? Kromer became the seventh different UNCW player to score a goal this season. All seven of the Seahawks’ goal scorers have produced a game-winning goal as well.
? The Seahawks are now 5-1-0 on the road this season.
? UNCW is now a perfect 3-for-3 in penalty kick attempts.
? The game featured a combined 28 fouls and seven cards between the two teams.
Up Next: The Seahawks resume Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday, Oct. 7, by welcoming Drexel to UNCW Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. league contest.
College Men’s Soccer: No. 16 UNCW 3, Coastal Carolina 1
UNCW 2 1 - 3
Coastal Carolina 0 1 - 1
Goals: UNCW – Emil Elveroth (3:51), Kalvin Kromer (35:34 – pk), David Lozano (81:44 – pk); COASTAL – Yazeed Matthews (51:05 – pk). Assists: UNCW – Ben Fisher; COASTAL – n/a. Saves: UNCW – Ryan Cretens 5 (90:00, 1 goals allowed); COASTAL – Braulio Linares-Ortiz 4 (90:00, 3 goals allowed). Shots: UNCW – 8; COASTAL – 15. Corner Kicks: UNCW – 2; COASTAL – 6. Attendance: 150.