Men’s soccer shuts out Spartans in season opener

Morgan Starling, Contributing Writer

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW men’s soccer team (1-0) won its season opener 2-0 against UNC Greensboro (0-1) Saturday evening.

The score remained tied throughout the majority of the game with both Seahawk goals coming in the last 10 minutes. UNCW dominated the game, staying on the Spartans’ side of the field with 13 total shots on goal. UNCG only managed four shots and committed 18 fouls with the Seahawks only committing five. Two of those 18 fouls resulted in yellow cards for freshman forward Theo Collomb and junior forward Fernando Garcia.

Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Pulley totaled three saves for the Spartans.

UNCW sophomore midfielder Colton Pleasants scored in the 84th minute to go up on the Spartans 1-0, with sophomore midfielder Gabe Mercer following close behind with a goal in the 90th minute to close out the game and secure the victory. Mercer’s goal was assisted by sophomore forward Cannon Tootle, and was his first career goal. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents 15-3 in their last 10 games.

Sophomore goalkeeper Gabriel Perrotta made two saves during the game, his ninth career shutout.

UNCW will kick off against former CAA rival VCU on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. for its second consecutive home game to open the season.