UNC-Wilmington women’s soccer passing chemistry lesson before Hofstra showdown

UNC-Wilmington women’s soccer passing chemistry lesson before Hofstra showdown

Before the season, the UNCW women’s soccer team was picked to tie for second in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Seahawks made the conference tournament final in the spring and returned the backbone of their defense and an all-CAA forward. 

They also had to fold in 10 freshmen this fall, the largest incoming class under fourth-year coach Chris Neal, and continue to wriggle around COVID-19 protocols and absences in the preseason.  

It made for a mix of optimism and reality that took a hit in the season opener, a 2-1 loss to VCU that came with a handful of players out of the lineup. 

“I knew we’d be a competitive team, but a lot of new faces, so you’re always interested in how the team chemistry is going to fit,” Neal said Tuesday afternoon. 

As the Seahawks hopped on a bus Wednesday to head to William & Mary, the experiment has stabilized quickly. They are 6-1-1, haven’t lost since that first game, are 2-0 in the CAA and get the No. 10 team in the country on their home field this weekend.  

UNCW defender Talia Parrous (left) is one of two seniors anchoring the backline for the Seahawks, who are off to a 6-1-1 start.

“I think we’ve grown so much since the beginning of the season,” senior defender Carey Allard said. “Everyone individually, and as a team. I think the chemistry on the field has built tremendously. That’s something I’m super proud of for sure.” 

Led by the central defense of Allard and Talia Parrous, another senior and Allard’s roommate, UNCW has allowed only one goal since Labor Day despite: 

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