Men's Soccer Preview: Northeastern
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The Seahawks open a season-closing stretch on Saturday where they will play five of their last six matches of the season on the road and rematch of the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association championship awaits them in Boston.
UNCW will hook up with Northeastern for a 6 p.m. showdown between the two championship finalists in which the Seahawks edged the Huskies, 1-0, in the CAA Championship last fall at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. The series is tied 3-3-1, but the Seahawks have won the last two editions of the rivalry.
The Seahawks enter the match with a brief two-game winless streak following a 0-0 double overtime draw on Wednesday against Georgia State. UNCW rattled off a season-high 19 shots, including 10 on goal, but weren't able to find that needed goal.
Sophomore Etienne Boulanger continues to lead a balanced offense that has seen 10 Seahawks score a goal, but none in the last two games. Boulanger has five goals and an assist to his credit with three of those strikes being game-winners. Senior Brock Duckworth lowered his goals against average to 0.58 following the Georgia State shutout. He passed former UNCW standout and current Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Brad Knighton (1.08) for the all-time lead with a 1.06 GAA for his career
NU, meanwhile, battered Hofstra by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday at Parsons Field. Mike Kennedy (5g+1a) and Ricardo McDonald (4g) pace the Huskies with 11 and eight points, respectively. In goal, Oliver Blum has made 10 starts and fashioned a 1.38 GAA.
The Seahawks will continue their road swing on Oct. 20, at VCU before closing out their home schedule against high-scoring Towson on Oct. 23.