UNCW Rallies To Knock Off Davidson
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
DAVIDSON, North Carolina - Senior Erin Pardini scored at the 86:41 mark of the second half to break a 1-all tie and lift UNCW to a 2-1 victory over Davidson in collegiate women's soccer action Sunday at Alumni Field.
The Seahawks evened their season mark at 2-2 with the come-from-behind victory while the Wildcats moved to 1-3-1 on the young season.
"I am very proud of our team," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "They amazed me with their resilience tonight. To play back-to-back games and to be down 1-0 at halftime, only then to come back, is a testament to their hard work the last four weeks. Davidson is a handful to play against. It was an even game overall and our team showed great toughness to snatch the winner late in the game.
Trailing 1-0 at the start of the second half, junior Kim Currie pulled the Seahawks level at the 52:12 mark when she converted a free kick opportunity from just inside the midfield line for her first goal of the season.
The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the 87th minute, when Pardini sent a ball towards the goal that was intended for junior Stephanie Rose, but wound up beating Wildcats senior keeper Jessie Baxa for the game winner.
Earlier in the contest, junior Rachel Barnett got the Wildcats on the board in the 35th minute, collecting a ball misplayed by the Seahawks defense and placing it in the top right-hand corner of the net for her second goal of the campaign.
UNCW held a slim 14-13 shot advantage in the contest and enjoyed a 5-2 edge in corner kicks taken. Junior Caitlin Hunter recorded five saves in goal for the Seahawks while Baxa finished with three saves.
UNCW returns to action Sept. 9 when it opens the Carolinas Cup in Clemson, S.C., with a 5 p.m. contest against Furman.