Aiming to end the longest national championship drought in program history–one that dates all the way back to the old days of 2012–the top-seeded UNC women’s soccer team kicked off its NCAA Tournament run with a 3-0 victory over High Point on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
The Tar Heels (16-2-2) were completely dominant throughout the entirety of the afternoon, as they racked up 23 shots while holding High Point (13-8-1) without any.
Abby Elinsky scored the opening goal for UNC in the sixth minute and then assisted on Julia Ashley’s goal–which gave the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead just before halftime.
With head coach Anson Dorrance’s squad well in control of the match, Morgan Goff capped off the scoring in the 69th minute.
The dominance allowed Dorrance to empty the bench and provide valuable NCAA Tournament playing time to a wide variety of players–21 in total–as the Tar Heels cruised to the final whistle.
UNC will now face Colorado in the NCAA Second Round on Friday, November 17. That match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Photo via Jeffrey A. Camarati (UNC Athletics)