Stanford, Overtime Claim UNC Women’s Soccer Season Opener

By Ran Northam Posted August 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

The No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team dropped its season opener to No. 6 Stanford, but no regulation outcome was going to come between the two squads.

Neither team could get on the board in the first half, but the Tar Heels dominated early in shots with a 7-1 advantage, including a 5-1 nod on goal.

With five minutes left in the first period, UNC freshman midfielder Annie Kingman nearly broke the tie with a shot on frame denied by Stanford’s sophomore goalkeeper Jane Campbell.

Head Tar Heel Anson Dorrance continued his tradition of switching goalies at halftime after junior Bryane Heaberlin made the lone save of the first half. Redshirt sophomore Lindsay Harris replaced her for the second.

The shots greatly increased for the Cardinal in the second half, but even with the added pressure, neither team could get the upper hand.

The game pushed into overtime, and in the 100th minute, Stanford’s senior forward Chioma Ubogagu snuck it past Harris for the golden-goal overtime victory.

UNC finished on top in shots with the 18-12 mark, and a 9-5 tally in shots on goal.

With the loss, Carolina begins its season with an 0-1 record. The Tar Heels return to the pitch at Fetzer Field for their second and final matchup in the Carolina Nike Classic Sunday against Ohio State at 2:00 p.m., and you can hear it live on WCHL.

Stanford takes on Duke in the 12:00 noon meeting.

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