CHAPEL HILL — On a beautiful Halloween evening, the No. 4 Tar Heels owned the soccer pitch against their rival, beating the Duke Blue Devils 3-0 in the regular season finale.
The opening minutes were dominated by Carolina as the offense kept the ball on the Duke side of the field with some aggressive play, continuing to challenge the Duke goalkeeper Megan Thomas. Seniors Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn established their dominant athleticism and crisp shot-making early.
The left foot of freshman Cameron Castleberry struck pay dirt first for the Tar Heels. She smacked the ball into the upper left corner of the goal to push Carolina ahead 1-0.
At the close of the first half, it was the home team Tar Heels with a 1-0 lead. Impressively, Carolina maintained a 16-1 edge in shots on goal.
It didn’t take long for Carolina to score in the second half. A quick score by junior midfielder Brooke Elby off some laser-like passes gave UNC at 2-0 cushion in the contest.
The Duke defense was having trouble keeping up with the frenetic pace of the Tar Heels.
With 18:49 left in the contest, Summer Green found the back of the net on a penalty kick to extend the lead to 3-0 over the Blue Devils.
The Tar Heels earned a satisfying 3-0 win over Duke to finish 16-3 on the season overall and 10-3 in the ACC. Duke fell to 8-7-4 overall.
Next up for the Tar Heels comes the ACC tournament quarterfinals in Chapel Hill Sunday at 1 p.m. against Boston College.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/treats-no-tricks-carolina-crushes-duke-3-0/
CHAPEL HILL– Fetzer Field is set for a Halloween showdown between the No. 4 Tar Heels and the surging Duke Blue Devils in the regular season finale for Carolina.
The 15-3 UNC squad will be looking to build off the momentum of their thrilling overtime victory at Wake Forest last Sunday. But they will face in-form Duke at 8-6-4 overall and one of the hottest teams in the ACC, having won three straight matches.
Coach Dorrance says the ACC is a “dogfight right now” with the victory over Wake Forest being vital to his team securing home field in the ACC tournament and hopes of ultimately earning a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
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“With that victory over Wake, two wonderful things happened. We now get to host the ACC tournament first round. The second thing is we’re sort of on that RPI bubble. What every elite team wants to be is top four in the RPI, because that will give you an excellent chance to be a top four seed or a number one seed,” Coach Dorrance says.
As for the here and now, Coach Dorrance says he knows his Tar Heels will have their hands full Thursday evening against Duke.
“The Duke team has an incredible attack. We’ve recruited all of those girls. I mean, honestly in recruiting the last four or five years, Duke has won five out of the six head-to-head battles. They have an excellent team. We know that. We respect them. So I think this is going to be a heck of a game,” Coach Dorrance says.
The 7 p.m. rivalry contest can be listened to on 97.9 FM, WCHL.