Freshmen Lift Heaney To 100th UNCW Win
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Propelled by three second-half goals, UNCW topped host William & Mary, 3-0, in Colonial Athletic Association soccer action Wednesday, giving Head Coach Aidan Heaney his 100th career win with the program.
The Seahawks improved to 5-5-1 overall with their third consecutive win and 2-1 in the league. The Tribe, meanwhile, dropped to 2-7-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the CAA.
"This was a quality win for the program," said Heaney. "Three goals from freshmen speaks to the talent we have in the younger class. This was a team effort, though. Everyone who took the field tonight contributed to a good outing."
Freshman Colin Bonner got the Seahawks on the board just 2:40 into the second half with his third goal of the season. Bonner was on the finishing end of a through pass from sophomore David Sizemore. Bonner's shot beat Tribe goalkeeper Bennett Jones to the near post for the lead.
The Seahawks, who held a 16-9 advantage in shots on the night, continued their second half scoring in the 67th minute on freshman Nathaniel Goodwin's third goal of the season. Goodwin, the reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week, scored unassisted after gaining control of a loose ball in the penalty area and burying his opportunity.
Freshman Hannes Schmitz capped the scoring, all by freshmen, in the 80th minute. Senior Thomas Driver, who was credited with an assist on the strike, sent a cross into the penalty area where sophomore Jack Ward settled it and rolled a pass to Schmitz, who delivered his first career goal for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks stay on the road and will battle first-place Drexel on Saturday in Philadelphia. Game time is set for 4 p.m.