|Women's Soccer Preview: CMWWSI|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Women’s Soccer Invitational kicks off this weekend when Elon, Longwood and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi join host UNCW for the round-robin event at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The teams will play two games on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., and wrap up the event Sunday with two more contests. Longwood and Elon open the affair Friday at 5 p.m., with the Seahawks taking on TAMCC at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s lineup has Elon and TAMCC battling at Noon and UNCW facing Longwood at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend marks the much-anticipated home debut for Coach Paul Cairney’s Seahawks, who have played their first six games on the road. UNCW, 1-5-0, has beaten rival East Carolina and lost to South Carolina, UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina, UNC Greensboro and N.C. State this season.
“Our mindset is the same from game to game,” said Cairney. “We want to win the next game. We are creating chances and the challenge for us is to convert those chances.
“Our young team is getting better at every practice and every game. I am pleased with our ability to play through this rough spell and stay faithful to each other that we will score some goals.”
Finding a way to score has been a challenge for Cairney’s club this season after losing 2012 CAA scoring champion Stephanie Rose to graduation. Rose is now playing professionally in Finland and the Seahawks have been outscored, 11-5, in six games.
“Our team spirit is fantastic and we’re confident that we will continue on an upward swing,” Cairney added. “Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is a dangerous team. They picked up a great win last week against UTSA and they will be very well coached and organized.”
This year marks the fourth season the Seahawks have hosted a fall tournament. UNCW stands 3-3-0 overall in the annual event and swept both games last September against Campbell (3-0) and Troy (4-0).
Friday, Sept. 14
Sunday, Sept. 16
TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI (1-3-0)