WILMINGTON— In an even battle between two nationally-ranked teams, No. 17 UNC Wilmington finished two chances and held No. 20 Campbell scoreless Wednesday night at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks (3-0-1) dealt the Camels (2-1-1) their first regular season loss since 2019 on the strength of goals from Colton Pleasants and Jacob Evans.
"I was proud of our group's effort tonight," said Campbell head coach Dustin Fonder.
"As a program that is used to winning, we aren't happy with the result, but we learned a whole lot that will help us down the stretch."
Pleasants put the Seahawks in front with a 36th-minute free kick for his second goal of the season.
Campbell nearly equalized in the 73rd minute when Braden Teller's shot beat UNCW keeper Gabriel Perrotta, but the ball was cleared before it fully crossed the goal line.
Less than a minute later, Evans buried another free kick to notch his first goal of the year and double the margin.
UNCW finished with a slim 7-5 edge in shots, 5-4 in attempts on target, while the Camels took three corner kicks to a pair for the Seahawks.
Perrotta finished with three saves to record his third shutout in four outings this year for UNCW.
Samuel Lechuga made three saves in the Camels' net.
Campbell returns to Big South Conference play Sunday, March 7 to host UNC Asheville at 6 p.m.