The No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team answered its season-opening loss from Friday night on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win against Ohio State in the final game of the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field.
Carolina’s first goal of the season came in the 73rd minute when freshman forward Megan Buckingham netted the assist from freshman midfielder Annie Kingman and sophomore forward Sarah Ashley Firstenberg.
The Carolina offense dominated in shots in the first half, tallying 14 while only allowing one. Shots on goal went to the Tar Heels as well with a 7-1 mark.
UNC’s defense kept Ohio State out of range only allowing one shot in the first frame. That shot didn’t come until the 34:40 mark.
Head Coach Anson Dorrance flipped his strategy from Friday’s loss as redshirt sophomore Lindsay Harris began in goal and wasn’t forced to make a save. Junior Bryane Heaberlin took the net in the second half and denied the single try by the Buckeyes.
OSU increased the pressure in the second half with three more shots but didn’t put any on frame. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels kept force consistent adding seven shots in the second, including three on goal.
With the win, Carolina improved to 1-1; Ohio State fell to 1-1.
The Tar Heels head west this week for a two-game road trip starting against the UCLA Bruins on Friday in Los Angeles. You can see that contest on the Pac 12 Network. UNC plays Pepperdine Sunday in Malibu.