UNC Wilmington Continues Dream Season With PK Win Over Charlotte
Nov. 19, 2009
Courtesy of UNC Wilmington
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - UNC Wilmington notched a second half goal for the tie and then upended Charlotte 4-1 in penalty kicks to advance to the second round of the NCAA College Cup on Thursday at Transamerica Field.
The game is recorded as a draw and the 18th-ranked Seahawks moved to 14-2-5 on the season while the 49ers, who were ranked 23rd, conclude their campaign with a mark of 11-3-6.
UNCW will now face third-seeded Wake Forest on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Spry Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Junior Daniel Roberts equalized for the Seahawks with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation. Roberts connected on a free kick, from 22 yards out that beat Charlotte goalkeeper David Martin just inside the left post. Sophomore Shawn Guderian was fouled with his back to the goal to set up the free kick.
In the penalty kick session, junior Indy Smith connected on UNCW's first attempt, but Charlotte's Adam Gross sent his shot low and wide to give UNCW the lead. The teams traded goals on the second attempts and sophomore Christian Davidson notched UNCW's third score for a 3-1 lead. Junior Brock Duckworth followed Davidson with a save on Andres Cuervo's attempt. Sophomore Shaun Utterson sealed the win for the Seahawks, burying his attempt from the penalty spot.
Gross gave the 49ers the lead with 17:33 left in the first half with his ninth goal of the season. Gross picked off an errant pass at midfield and penetrated through the UNCW defense before unleashing a 25-yard blast that beat Duckworth to the lower righthand corner.
Charlotte had the best opportunity to take the lead midway through the first half, but Duckworth made point-blank save on a shot by James in the 23rd minute. UNCW allowed a cross into the box from the right side where the ball made its way to James in front of the goal.
Roberts nearly drew the Seahawks even with five minutes left in the first half, but Martin deflected the shot over the crossbar for a UNCW corner kick.
Four minutes into the second overtime Hudgins sent a shot towards the upper left corner, but his shot sailed just wide. Hudgins beat his defender to the ball on the right flank and fired off a blast from 17 yards out that had Martin beat.
UNCW finished with a 15-13 advantage in shots, including a 10-6 edge in the second half and overtime periods.
Duckworth finished with five saves while Martin posted three.