BRISTOL — The Salve Regina University men’s soccer team remained unbeaten Wednesday night after defeating rival Roger Williams 2-0 under the lights at Bayside Field.

“It was a huge victory. Our coach was hyping us up all week, so we knew we needed to win this game,” Salve sophomore Owen Stevenson said.

The nationally ranked Seahawks improved to 12-0-2 and 4-0-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

“It’s a special season. I told the administration in preseason after about 10 days of training that this could be my best team ever,” said Seahawks coach Craig O’Rourke, who has been leading the program since 2007.

The Hawks had recently suffered their first loss, falling to Endicott 3-1 on Saturday, after starting the season with 12 straight wins.

The Seahawks struck early in the first half. With Roger Williams sophomore goalie James Lee forced out of the net, Stevenson found a clear shot into the left side at 12:48. It was Stevenson’s 10th goal of the season.

“It was a great feeling,” Stevenson said. “My goal at the beginning of the season was to get 10 goals, so reaching it was a huge success and helped the team play even better.”

Seven minutes later, the Seahawks added an insurance goal. Sophomore Casey Kelly tallied his fourth of the season to give the Seahawks an insurance goal they never needed. Junior Evan MacDonald assisted on both goals.

“I told them at halftime, I thought we still had a third one left in us, but we sat in more,” O’Rourke said. “[In the second half], we weren’t in the attacking shape we wanted to be in.”

The Hawks have proven they are late-game scorers this season, but the Seahawks held them without a goal thanks to the efforts of senior Michael Payan, recorded four saves. It marked his eighth shutout of the season.

“We got outplayed. I thought Salve really did well, especially breaking us down in the back. They’re a good team,” Hawks coach James Greenslit said. “I was sort of disappointed at times with our defensive shape and our defensive organization and a lot of that is on me, to make sure we’re prepared and ready for different systems and different players. A lot of it I take responsibility for.”

The Hawks will finish their regular season with four straight conference matches. The Seahawks finish with three conference matches and a nonconference affair at Lasell College.

The conference standings are tight, but this might not be the final time these teams meet this season.

“Postseason: Just one game at a time … We know we can do it,” Stevenson said.