Camels and UNCW battle to 1-1 draw

Jhuvon Francis
(John Gregory photo)
Jhuvon Francis (John Gregory photo)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Campbell and UNC Wilmington battled to a 1-1 deadlock Tuesday night at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

For only the second time in the 48-match series between the longtime rivals, the score ended in a draw.

After a scoreless first half, Jhuvon Francis put the Camels in front in the 59th minute.  Ricki Gaez slid the ball to the junior forward, who slotted home a shot from about 10 yards out by Wilmington keeper Sam Williams for his first goal of the year.

The lead was short-lived, however, as David Sizemore answered just 3:15 later on a shot from outside the Camel box for his second strike this season.

Neither team could manage a goal the rest of regulation although Campbell's Chirag Shah forced a Williams save after 81 minutes.  Nathaniel Williams' effort sailed high over Camel keeper Ethan Hall's bar in the 85th.

In the first overtime period, Ethan Hall made a game-saving stop on Jamie Dell's one-on-one chance in the 98th minute. 

In the second extra period, Campbell outshot the hosts 3-0, but was unable to find a winner.

CU's Bryce Miller had an open goal at which to shoot in the 107th minute, but his attempt sailed over the cross bar.

The Camels (1-5-1) did manage to end a 4-game losing streak, while UNCW (3-3-1) ran its winless string (0-2-1) to three outings.

Campbell and UNCW both attempted 18 shots on the night, while CU out-shot the Seahawks 4-2 in 20 minutes of extra time.  CU had six shots on target to four by UNCW.  Hall finished with three saves in the Camel nets, while Williams made five stops for UNCW.

CU returns home to face 25th-ranked Elon next Tuesday (Oct. 1) at 7:00 p.m.

NOTES: The Camels now lead the all-time series, which began in 1966, by a 26-20-2 margin and are unbeaten (2-0-1) over the last three seasons against their Eastern North Carolina rivals… CU moved to 0-3-1 on the road this season, while UNCW is now 1-1-1 at home and 0-1-1 vs. Big South Conference members.