Panthers Notch defeat UNCW in exhibition match

HIGH POINT, North Carolina — The High Point University men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 win in their first exhibition game against UNC Wilmington. The match featured an unusual format, playing three 30-minute periods with eight-minute breaks between each.

The head coach Zach Haines underscored possession control for the Panthers, who, aside from two shots on the Seahawks crossbar in the 20th minute, excelled at the task.

Zach Haines: “It was a really good first game of pre-season for us. The guys worked hard, pressed well and stuck together from start to finish. On a personal level, it was special that Aidan brought his team at HPU. They are a good team and I’m glad we had the opportunity to challenge ourselves against them.”

After finishing the first period without scoring, High Point worked quickly in the second period as Tony Pineda found alex abril for the goal in the 41st minute.


The Panthers cleared their bench and were able to hold off the Seahawks to secure the win.

HPU continues its preseason schedule at Duke on Tuesday night. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.