UNC’s women’s soccer heads west for the weekend to battle No. 1 ranked UCLA Friday in Los Angeles.
UNC pulled out a 1-0 win over unranked Ohio State in the final game of the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill. Freshman forward Megan Buckingham led the Heels to victory with a goal in the 73rd minute of play.
The Bruins, however, have yet to falter, starting their season with 3-0 wins at home over both Maryland and UC Irvine.
After dropping to No. 9 in the NSCAA’s coaches’ poll following a season opener loss, the Tar Heels have will have a chance to redeem themselves if they can manage a victory over the Bruins.
The Heels also have a game scheduled on Sunday against Pepperdine in Malibu. You can watch the UCLA game broadcasted on the Pac 12 Network.http://chapelboro.com/unc-womens-soccer-2/unc-womens-soccer-faces-unbeaten-ucla/
UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday.
UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. Two innings before, Vander Tuig tagged out a runner at the plate to keep the Wolfpack from adding to a 1-0 lead.
Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save.
NC State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss.http://chapelboro.com/sports/state/ucla-defeats-wolfpack-2-1-at-college-world-series/