Sizemore, Dell Score In 4-2 Seahawk Loss
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, South Carolina - David Sizemore and Jamie Dell notched second half goals, but UNCW was unable to overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit as nationally-ranked host Furman held off the Seahawks, 4-2, on Friday in the Diadora/Spinx Invitational at the Stone Soccer Stadium.
With the victory, the Paladins, ranked 23rd in the College Soccer Weekly poll, improved to 4-1 on the season while the Seahawks fell to 1-2-1 and will face College of Charleston Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on the Invitational's final day.
"After a tough first half, I was happy with the way we played in the second half," said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. "We did a very good job of matching up and building our offense. I was delighted to see some guys come off the bench and give us quality minutes."
Martin Ontiveros led Furman offensively with a goal and two assists.
The Paladins raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 38 minutes to take control of the contest. Walker Zimmerman opened the scoring in the 11th minute with his second goal of the season as Ontiveros was credited with an assist on the score.
Ontiveros would get on the board himself in the 26th minute, unassisted, with his third goal of the season. The shot was from 30 yards out and snuck under UNCW goalkeeper Brad Newman for a 2-0 lead.
Alex Crooks beat Newman for the final goal of the half in the 38th minute off assists by Zimmerman and Adrian McInnis.
Newman played just 45 minutes in goal for UNCW and made two saves.
Trailing 3-0, Dell's second goal of the season would narrow the Seahawks' deficit in the 60th minute. Etienne Boulanger found Dell on the rightside with a cross field pass from the leftside. Dell would take a touch before settling the ball and finding the back of the net.
That momentum was lost though in the 87th minute when reigning Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year Coleton Henning knocked home his fourth goal of the season for a 4-1 Furman lead.
Sizemore scored his first collegiate goal, coming in the 89th minute to round out the scoring. Senior Thomas Driver was credited with an assist on the play.
Furman held a 14-6 lead in shots while the teams were even with six corner kicks apiece.
Doug Ryan earned the win in goal for the Paladins, making two saves.
Sophomore Brandon Bolen replaced Newman in the second half for the Seahawks and finished with three saves.