CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Sophomore Jordan Cordero’s first career goal, coming in the 36th minute, lifted UNCW past nationally-ranked UNC Chapel Hill, 1-0, in non-conference soccer action on Tuesday at Fetzer Field.

The Seahawks (7-5-1) snapped a seven-game winless skid to the Tar Heels with their first win in the series since 1978. The Tar Heels, who were ranked 11th nationally and 22nd in the NCAA RPI, dropped to 5-3-5 on the season.

“This is a big win for us now and for our alumni, many of who came to support us tonight,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “We have some guys banged up and had to go to our bench quite a bit and each player answered the call. UNC Chapel Hill is a strong team and put us under pressure all game. Our guys competed every minute and earned tonight’s win.”

Cordero had just stepped onto the field as a sub before scoring at the 35:35 mark. The play started with a free kick that was deflected and Cordero finished off the play on the right side. He became the ninth Seahawk to score a goal this season.

The Tar Heels held a 16-4 advantage in shots, but managed to get just four on frame. UNCW was limiting opponents to just 4.8 shots on goal per game entering the contest.

Freshman goalkeeper Sean Melvin earned his fourth win of the season with his second shutout. Melvin finished with four saves while making his first start since September 21 against UNCG.

The Seahawks visit Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware on Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. start.

“Delaware is a very strong program and we can’t relax. We need to come out and play Seahawk soccer.”