WILMINGTON, N.C. - Erin Pardini's unassisted goal in the 65th minute of play lifted UNC Wilmington to a 1-0 win over East Carolina Thursday night at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. With the win the Seahawks improve to 3-4 on the season and snap the Pirates' three-game winning streak, dropping them to 4-3.
Pardini struck for her third goal of the season, second game-winning, at the 64:24 mark of the second half as she was able to corral a deflected ECU clearing attempt inside the box and place a shot into the lower left hand corner of the net.
ECU's best chance to get the on board came in the 32nd minute as junior Amanda Windsor was able to get through the UNCW defense unmarked and connect with a cross that she sent to the outside of the right post from close range.
"Tonight we were outworked," said Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth. "UNCW beat us to the majority of the balls and own most air battles. I can talk about possession and decision making, which need to improve, but in the end you can't let the other team out-compete you."
Seahawks junior keeper Chandler Follett recorded her second shutout of the season and the 11th of her career as she made four saves. Redshirt freshman Christiane Cordero made six saves in goal for the Pirates, all of which came in the first half.
UNCW held a slim 10-9 edge in shots taken and enjoyed a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks awarded.
The Pirates will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 19 when they travel to William & Mary with a 2 p.m. (EST) scheduled start.