PANTHERVILLE, Georgia-The UNCW women's soccer team recorded its fifth straight victory with a 3-0 shutout of host Georgia State in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action Wednesday at the GSU Soccer Complex.
The Seahawks improved to 12-6-1 overall and 7-3-0 in conference play while the Panthers finished the 2012 season at 4-11-1 and 1-8-1. UNCW will be the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CAA Women's Soccer Championship and will host No. 6 Delaware Sunday in a first-round contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Game time and ticket information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
"This was a tough battle today," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Scoring early certainly helped us settle into the game. However, Georgia State came to play and put us under tremendous pressure. For first 25 minutes of the second half, they had us on our heels. We weathered their pressure and our back four and Caitlin Hunter did a fantastic job staying composed."
Senior Stephanie Rose doubled the Seahawks advantage at the 77:22 mark, collecting the ball at midfield before working her way through the GSU defense and putting a shot from 18 yards out into the back of the net for her league-leading 13th goal of the season.
An own goal by the Panthers in the 85th minute determined the final margin.
Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter made five saves to record her seventh shutout of the season, breaking a five-way tie to move into sole possession of first place on the program's season shutout chart. The win also moved Hunter into first place on the school's season victory chart with 12.
Georgia State held a 10-7 edge in shots taken, highlighted by an 8-2 advantage in the second half. UNCW posted a 6-2 margin in corner kicks taken.
"Overall, this was a huge team effort today," said Cairney. "I do not think GSU has given up three goals at home this year in CAA play so I am very proud of how we battled for this win today. Keeping a clean sheet is also crucial at this point of the season. Now we will get ready for the CAA playoffs with great confidence."