UNCW men’s soccer fall in season opener

UNCW men’s soccer fall in season opener
UNCW women's soccer downs Coastal Carolina

MOUNT PLEASANT, South CarolinaJunior midfielder Alhaji Tambadu scored the first two goals of his college career to lead Georgia Southern to a 4-2 victory over UNCW in the men’s soccer season opener for both teams at the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Soccer Classic at Patriots Point on Friday evening.

The Eagles took a very quick 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the contest as sophomore Adam Davie converted a penalty kick past redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Gomes.

But, the Seahawks answered just under four minutes later when Gabriel Cabral netted his first goal of the season on a 24-yard free kick into the upper corner of the goal. Georgia Southern scored twice in the first 20 minutes of the second half to extend its advantage to 3-1. After Tambadu netted an unassisted marker in the 46th minute, sophomore Joshua Deane converted a pass from redshirt junior Cristian Medina for his first goal of the season.

Freshman Parker Norris trimmed the Seahawks’ deficit to 3-2 with 14:26 remaining in regulation when he scored off an assist from fellow freshman Cannon Tootle.

However, Tambadu secured the victory for the Eagles when he knocked in a rebound of a shot from redshirt sophomore Jarvian Wigfall with 5:21 remaining.

Sophomore Jokull Blaengsson made six saves in the victory for Georgia Southern, which was outshot by a 21-8 margin. Gomes tallied one save in the loss for the Seahawks.