WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW continues a tough road stretch, that sees them play 5-of-6 games on the road, this Saturday with a 7 p.m. start at in-state rival UNC Greensboro.

The Seahawks (3-2) look to rebound from a 3-1 defeat at the hands of future Colonial Athletic Association rival Elon last weekend. The Phoenix built a 3-0 lead in the first 48 minutes in improving to 4-0-1 with the home win. Elon moved into the national rankings following the win.

Junior Mateo Cardona scored his first goal of the season off a feed from Jose Garcia in the 78th minute to narrow the deficit to 3-1.

UNCG, meanwhile, enters the game looking to halt a brief three-game losing skid following a 2-0 setback at ninth-ranked Clemson earlier this week. The Spartans opened last week ranked as high as 15th, but dropped a midweek tilt to High Point prior to a weekend loss to Coastal Carolina.

The Seahawks and Spartans have played a highly competitive series with UNCW holding a 6-5-2 lead in 13 all-time games. The two have fashioned draws in each of the last two seasons, including a 2-all draw last season at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The biggest win for the Seahawks in the series was a 3-2 decision at the UNCW Soccer Stadium in 2004 when the Spartans entered the contest with the top ranking in the nation. The victory sprung the Seahawks into the national rankings for the first time that season.

The two played another game for the ages in the 2005 season opener for both sides as the Seahawks topped the 13th-ranked Spartans, 3-2, in double overtime.

Led by Colin Bonner and Nathaniel Goodwin, both with two goals apiece, six different Seahawks have scored a goal while nine have a point.

Freshman goalkeeper Sean Melvin is fifth in the league with a 1.36 goals against average and fourth with a 74.1 save percentage.

The Seahawks return to the friendly confines of the UNCW Soccer Stadium, for the only time during this road stretch, on Sept. 24 for a 7 p.m. start against longtime rival Campbell. The two programs have played 47 games, dating back to 1966.