DURHAM – Crystal Dunn’s goal in the 79th minute proved the difference as No. 1 North Carolina defeated No. 2 UCLA Friday night before 1,805 fans at the Duke Nike Classic. The Tar Heels improved to 5-0 with the victory while UCLA fell to 4-1. A crowd of 1,805 witnessed Friday night’s game at Koskinen Stadium.
Carolina outshot the Bruins 23-6 on the night but a brilliant effort by Bruin goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland kept the Tar Heels off the scoreboard until Dunn notched her fifth goal of the season and second game-winner at 78:40. Megan Brigman sent a ball from the right side to Brooke Elby 20 yards out. Elby slipped the ball through a pair of defenders to Dunn who one touched it and then buried a shot from 12 yards out into the lower right corner.
Prior to that, Rowland had kept the Tar Heels at bay all night, including a pair of brilliant saves on Tar Heel shots in the first half. In the 20th minute, Rowland tipped away a shot by Dunn which was headed into the upper right corner of the frame. In the 29th minute, the Tar Heels almost took the lead as after a UCLA foul, Alex Newfield sent a shot which seemed destined for the upper left 90 only to be stabbed over the end line by Rowland. Carolina outshot the Bruins 13-2 before haltime.
With 20 minutes to play, Kealia Ohai hit the right post for the Tar Heels. Two minutes, UNC goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin dove to her right to save a shot by Rosie White, the best scoring opportunity of the night for the Bruins. Dunn’s fifth goal followed a little less than seven minutes later.
The Bruins had two shots in the last three minutes of the game but could not gain the equalizer as UNC improved to 9-0 all-time against the Bruins.
Carolina had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks and Anna Sieloff and Bryane Heaberlin combined on the shutout with two saves in the second by Heaberlin, who is now 5-0 on the season as the goalkeeper of decision. Rowland finished with seven saves for UCLA.
Carolina returns to the pitch Sunday at 11:00 a.m. against No. 9 West Virginia (3-0-2). The Mountaineers played Duke to a 1-1 tie in the opening game Friday. Duke and UCLA will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday.