Seahawk Soccer Alumni Pursue Dreams
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Several former Seahawk soccer standouts - Brock Duckworth, Devan Carroll, Chris Murray and Brad Knighton - continue to pursue their dreams this summer at various professional levels.
A native of Plano, Texas, Duckworth signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads for the 2011 season and has started in all three games. He has notched six saves and allowed three goals in 270 minutes played. Duckworth was named to the United Soccer League's Team-of-the-Week following his debut in Wilmington's 1-0 shutout of Rochester in his pro debut.
Duckworth was a four-year starter in goal for the Seahawks. In 2009, he helped UNCW to its first Colonial Athletic Association championship and NCAA Tournament appearance after recording a 0.64 goals against average. As a senior, Duckworth became UNCW's all-time leader in GAA with a 1.07.
Carroll, a Jacksonville, N.C., product, also signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads for the 2011 season. Carroll played striker for three seasons at UNCW, collecting 10 career goals, including nine in 2008 when he was named CAA Player-of-the-Year.
Murray, from Roslyn Heights, N.Y., begins his third season with the Hammerheads. He plays the midfielder position and has appeared as a substitute in two of the three games this season.
While at UNCW, Murray earned Second-Team All-CAA in both 2005 and 2006. He concluded his career ranked among the program's leaders with 78 games played and 46 shots on goal.
Hailing from Richmond, Va., Knighton, another former UNCW goalkeeper, plays for the Carolina RailHawks of North American Soccer League (NASL). Knighton became the first Seahawk to sign a Major League Soccer contract when he inked with the New England Revolution for the 2007 season. Prior to joining the RailHawks, he played two seasons with the Philadelphia Union
After playing reserves for the first two seasons with the Revolution, Knighton started in 2009 and recorded 36 saves with 14 goals allowed in six games. In 2010, he joined the Union and played in eight games, collecting 23 saves and allowing eight goals.
Knighton finished his Seahawk career ranked first all-time in GAA with a 1.08 average. He ranks fifth in saves, compiling 296 in four seasons. As a senior, he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region after leading the Seahawks to their fourth consecutive CAA Tournament.
- Erin Hamil, UNCW Athletic Communications Intern