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).

Tournament Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14
Longwood Vs. Elon, 5 p.m.

UNCW Vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16
Elon Vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Noon

UNCW Vs. Longwood, 2:30 p.m.

Team Capsules

UNCW (1-5-0)
  The Seahawks are playing for the first time at home, where they went 7-3-1 last season…Coach Paul Cairney is in his 18th year with the program…The Seahawks have been outscored, 11-5, this season, but have 21 more shots than their foes…Five different players have scored for the Seahawks…Only four players – Nicole Costa, Lindsey Byrne, Morgan Leyble and Natalie Winslow – have started every game…Four of UNCW’s six games have been decided by one goal or less, including the last two appearances.

ELON (3-0-1)
  The Phoenix bring a two-game winning streak into the weekend tourney…Former UNCW assistant coach Chris Neal is beginning his sixth season…Elon has outscored its opponents, 8-1, early this season…Sophomore forward Nicole Dennion paces the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists already this fall…The Phoenix dominated local rival High Point, 5-0, in their last outing on Sunday in Elon…All three of Elon’s wins have come by shutout…The Phoenix have only played one road game.

LONGWOOD (0-3-2)
  The Lancers are still looking for their first victory after five outings early in 2013…Longwood has lost two in a row since a scoreless tie at Richmond on Aug. 30…CAA member Drexel handed the Lancers a 1-0 defeat in their last match on Sunday…Coach Todd Dyer founded the Longwood program has owns 15 winning seasons in his 20 years in Farmville…The Lancers have been outscored, 9-3, early in 2013…Longwood has scored once in its last four games…Freshman midfielder Amanda Spencer has scored two of the team’s three goals.

  The Islanders are embarking on their inaugural season of women’s soccer…Local
product Yvette Franco’s goal in the 78th minute lifted TAMCC to a 2-1 victory at Texas-San Antonio last Friday for the program’s first win…The Islanders lost their first three games by a 8-5 margin, including a 2-1 loss to North Carolina squad Campbell in the Islanders Soccer Classic…Head Coach Shanna Caldwell prepared for her first head coaching job by serving as an assistant at Akron, Baylor and Oklahoma…Caldwell played goalkeeper for three seasons at Connecticut.