Sophomore Nik Jackson scored his first goal of the season to help the University of Mary Washington men's soccer team defeat Widener, 1-0, on Saturday evening in Chester, PA. The Eagles improve to 7-0-1 on the season.
Over the first 10 minutes of the game, both teams went back-and-forth as they each had a shot and a corner kick. UMW then started to take advantage of the game as they had the ball in Widener's half of the field during the next 18 minutes.
In the 28th minute, Jackson found the net on an assist from Justin Carey. Jackson had just been subbed onto the field and made his presence felt immediately. The two teams then played even over the last 17 minutes and UMW took a 1-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, the Eagles came out firing shots at goal. They had the first five shots over just a nine minute span, multiple shots being blocked. The Eagles continued their dominate play but could not squeeze another goal in. The defense held strong in the second half and didn't allow a goal to secure their sixth shutout of the season.
UMW outshot Widener 20-8, including nine shots on goal. The Eagles produced four corner kicks on the evening. Ken Kurtz logged his seventh win in goal as he had to make one save.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday as they will host York in their first CAC matchup of the season at 3:30 p.m.