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2014 UNC Women’s Soccer Schedule Released

The University of North Carolina has announced its 2014 women’s soccer schedule on Monday and it features 10 games against teams which played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including defending champion UCLA, runner-up Florida State and semifinalist Virginia Tech.

UNC has assembled one of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules for 2014. It includes games against 2013 NCAA participants Stanford (3rd round), Ohio State (1st round), UCLA (champion), Arkansas (3rd round) and Penn State (2nd round). The Tar Heels will also play at Pepperdine to conclude a two-game trip to the West Coast which starts against UCLA on August 29.

For the first time in league history, the ACC, which will include 14 teams, will not play a complete round robin. UNC will play 10 league foes including games at Notre Dame and Duke and at home against Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida State. All five of those teams qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament with all five reaching at least the third round of the tournament.

In the ACC rotation, UNC will not play regular season games this year against Virginia, Boston College or Louisville.

The ACC Tournament semifinals and finals will be played at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 7 and 9. The six rounds of the NCAA Tournament begin Saturday, Nov. 15. The College Cup is slated for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 5 and 7.

North Carolina finished the 2013 season with a 20-5 record before losing in double overtime to eventual NCAA champion UCLA 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals at Fetzer Field. Coach Anson Dorrance will be crafting a squad in 2014 that needs to replace six starters from the 2013 squad – forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.

2014 NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Fri. Aug. 22 Carolina Nike Classic (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Duke vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m.
UNC vs. Stanford, 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 24 Carolina Nike Classic (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Duke vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
UNC vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m.
Fri., Aug 29 at UCLA, 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT)
Sun., Aug. 31 at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT)
Fri., Sept. 5 Duke Nike Classic (Durham, N.C.)
UNC vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m.
Duke vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 7 Duke Nike Classic (Durham, N.C.)
UNC vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
Duke vs. Arkansas, 2 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 20 at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 25 at Clemson, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 at NC State, 1 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 Virginia Tech, 5 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 9 Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 12 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 19 at Duke, 2 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 23 Florida State, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26 Miami, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 2 at Syracuse, 1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 7 ACC Tournament Semifinals (Greensboro, N.C.)
Sun., Nov. 9 ACC Tournament Finals (Greensboro, N.C.)
Sat., Nov. 15 NCAA Tournament First Round
Fri., Nov. 21 NCAA Tournament Second Round
Sun., Nov. 23 NCAA Tournament Third Round
Sat., Nov. 29 NCAA Quarterfinals
Fri., Dec. 5 NCAA Semifinals (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Sun., Dec. 7 NCAA Finals (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/2014-unc-womens-soccer-schedule-features-ten-2013-ncaa-tournament-opponents/

Lilly Elected To National Soccer Hall of Fame

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) - Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Joining the two former players in the Class of 2014 is former U.S. Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley on the Builder Ballot.

Lilly, one of the greatest soccer players in UNC history, starred on four NCAA championship teams from 1989-92, winning National Player of the Year honors in 1990 and 1991.  She played in only one loss during her UNC career and led the Heels to four ACC championships while being named a consensus first-team All-America.

Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame after 13 years of coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.

Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer. Lilly continues to work in the game as Director of the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and an instructor for TeamFirst Soccer Academy.

“One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me,” said Lilly. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for something you’ve done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I’m forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor.”

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

Many thanks to U.S. Soccer for providing the links to the video features in this release.

http://chapelboro.com/unc-womens-basketball/lilly-elected-national-soccer-hall-fame/

Senior Soccer Standout Kealia Ohai Wins Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Carolina forward Kealia Ohai was named the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner for Division I women’s soccer Friday.

The award is chosen by a national vote of women’s soccer coaches, media and fans. It is handed out each year to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer.

Winners are selected with notable achievements the areas of classroom, community, character and competition.

Ohai is a member of North Carolina’s Women’s Soccer Leadership Council. She is also involved in the Carolina Leadership Academy program.

“I’m so honored to receive this award. I was grateful to be nominated in the first place and then be named as finalist as well. I’m extremely thankful to all the people who voted for me online as well as the coaches and media members who also cast ballots so I could receive this award,” Ohai says.

The journalism and mass communications major has also been named to the ACC Honor Roll multiple times and was on the UNC Dean’s List as well.

In her spare time, Ohai cared for patients at the UNC Children’s Hospital and participated in the Share Your Holiday program.

“Student-athletes put an incredible amount of time and effort into their sports to reach the highest level. Kealia was able to participate in community service projects while still winning championships and competing on national teams,” Executive Director for the Senior CLASS Award Erik Miner says.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/senior-soccer-standout-kealia-ohai-wins-senior-class-award/

Crystal Dunn Vies for Second Straight Hermann Trophy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Carolina senior soccer star Crystal Dunn has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.

Dunn took home last year’s trophy on the heels of her incredible performance in guiding the Tar Heels to the national championship.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award presented annually.

Fifteen semifinalists have been named for both the men’s and women’s divisions. NCAA Division I coaches may vote for their top choices. Voting closes Dec. 10.

Dunn is the first player in ACC history to have been named both ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

The winners of the Hermann Trophy will be announced Jan. 10, 2014.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/crystal-dunn-vies-second-straight-hermann-trophy/

UCLA Eliminates UNC Women’s Soccer From NCAAs

CHAPEL HILL - The NCAA quarterfinal matchup between second-ranked UCLA and fifth-ranked North Carolina lived up to its billing Saturday night as the Bruins advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 2009, beating the Tar Heels 1-0 in double overtime at Fetzer Field.

UNC saw its season end at 20-5 as it lost an NCAA quarterfinal game for the first time in history (26-1-1 in quarterfinal contests).  The Bruins, whose only loss was a 1-0 setback to UNC on September 6, improved to 21-1-2 with their first ever victory over the Tar Heels in nine meetings between the two teams.

It was an evenly played game between the two teams.  Both squads had 11 shots and UCLA had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.  Katelyn Rowland made four saves while recording the clean sheet for the Bruins.  Anna Sieloff made a career high seven saves in her final game in the Tar Heel uniform.

Taylor Smith scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins on a breakaway in the 102nd minute.  A ball was sent from the midfield line that found Smith in stride behind the UNC defense.  Smith’s initial shot from inside the penalty area was knocked down by Sieloff but the ball pinged directly back to Smith her to poked it inside the right post at 101:31 of the match.

Carolina had to make a defensive adjustment heading into the second overtime as starting defender Katie Bowen was taken off the field in an ambulance with an undisclosed injury with 49 seconds left in the first overtime.  Bowen was conscious and alert when she the field to be taken to UNC Hospitals for further evaluation.

The Bruins flighted their through ball to Smith past the area where Bowen normally patrols the middle of the 4-2-3-1 defensive shape.

Sieloff’s seven saves were two more than she had ever had in a Carolina uniform.  After UNC outshot the Bruins 7-3 in the first half, UCLA had an 8-4 edge in shots after halftime, including a 4-1 edge in overtime.

Carolina’s best chances to score came in the last minute of the first half when Crystal Dunn’s shot from 15 yards was blocked by the Bruin defense, which has allowed only seven goals in 24 games this season.  Kealia Ohai’s shots off a corner kick at 80:39 was the next best chance the Tar Heels had but it just missed the right post.  Dunn, who suffered a high ankle sprain 10 minutes into last Sunday’s match against Texas A&M, was limited to 27 minutes due to the injury.

The College Cup matchups next weekend in Cary, N.C., will feature four teams seeking their first ever NCAA Championships in the sport – Virginia vs. UCLA in one semifinal and Florida State and Virginia Tech in the other semifinal.  Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 championships and the Cavaliers, Hokies and Seminoles will all be seeking to become the first ACC other than Carolina to win the title.

Carolina will look to rebound in 2014 with a much younger squad, but one expected to still be very athletic.  Saturday night marked the final games for six UNC starters – forward Kealia Ohai, midfielders Crystal Dunn, Meg Morris and Kelly McFarlane, defender Megan Brigman and goalkeeper Anna Sieloff.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/ucla-knocks-womens-soccer-ncaas/

WSoc To Face UCLA Without Dunn?

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 seed UNC women’s soccer team is one win away from returning to the College Cup to defend its national title, but it’s going to have to do so without last year’s player of the year, Crystal Dunn.

“We were playing Texas A&M, and she stepped wrong and developed a high-ankle sprain,” UNC head coach, Anson Dorrance says. “Unfortunately she’s back on the injured list; we’re not sure about her ability to play this weekend.”

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Dunn missed the ACC semifinals and the first round of the NCAAs. She returned to face Indiana in the second round and Texas A&M in the third.

Coach Dorrance says her time off the field has really shown him the strength of the rest of the team.

“Obviously we’re hoping she comes back,” Coach Dorrance says. “The cool thing about losing her actually was watching these young kids step up and fill her spot. It allowed us to compete effectively against A&M. Jo Boyles—a young kid from Raleigh—stepped in and filled Crystal’s minutes.”

UNC has won 22 national titles, including 21 NCAA championships. Collegiate women’s soccer is only 34 years old. Carolina also has a winning percentage of .934.

A win against No. 2 seed UCLA Saturday means consecutive trips to the College Cup. But, Coach Dorrance says this hasn’t been and won’t be the same journey as last season.

“Honestly, this team is stronger thank last year’s,” Coach Dorrance says. “Last year’s run was a miracle run. We were a No. 2 seed. This year’s team is fighting the fact that we’ve got three starters out. Last year’s team did not have that. So even though this year’s team is stronger, the injury bug has taken that off the table.”

The Bruins are 20-1-2 and have shut out each of their opponents in the opening rounds just like Carolina.

“They’ve got excellent leadership in their coaching ranks,” Coach Dorrance says. “They have talent all over the field. They’re a team with a lot of seniors on the field, and, of course, that makes them more dangerous. So, they can certainly not just beat us, but they could also win the national championship.”

But, while Coach Dorrance says he’s concerned about the strength facing him down the sideline in UCLA’s Amanda Cromwell—a former player he coached on a US National team—UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunninham says he’s got the utmost confidence in the veteran leader, Dorrance.

“They do a remarkable job year in and year out, and it begins with the coaching staff with his ability—and the entire staff—to attrack women that are outstanding students and players as well,” Cunningham says.

Heading into the quarterfinals, six of the eight teams remaining were from the ACC. In all, eight ACC teams made it to the big dance with WakeForest and Notre Dame both being knocked out in the third round.

NCAA Quarterfinals (Friday)
Boston College at No. 1 Florida State – 3:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result
Duke at No. 1 Virginia Tech – 4:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result
No. 3 Michigan at No. 1 Virginia – 7:00 p.m. – Live Stats/Result

Complete Bracket

Kickoff between Carolina and UCLA is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Fetzer Field. You can hear all the action live on WCHL immediately following the UNC-Duke football game.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/wsoc-face-ucla-without-dunn/

Which Gets Upgrades First, Soccer Or Basketball?

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says Fetzer Field is Carolina’s athletic facility most in need of upgrades, but money will likely be the deciding factor when it comes down to which programs see improvement first.

“Basketball is such a primary revenue driver for the department, it’s hard to not think about basketball as a way to potentially pay for additional projects,” Cunningham says. “We’re doing them in tandem, but the one I’d like to complete first would be soccer.”

Fetzer Field is the home of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, six track programs, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The facility was constructed in 1935 and saw renovations in 1988-90.

The women’s soccer team is by far the most successful Division I program as it has won 22 national titles in the sport’s 34-year history. The Tar Heels are one win away from going back to the College Cup in search of defending their national title.

The Dean E. Smith Center opened January 18, 1986 and has since seen two expansions—one in 1992 and another in 2000. Its current capacity is just less than 22,000.

Cunningham says there are still more questions than answers about what to do with the Smith Center: renovate or rebuild.

“When you begin the discussion of enhancing an existing facility—particularly a building that’s almost 30 years old—at some point, the efficiency of renovation is surpassed by a new building,” Cunningham says. “So, I think we need to look at both. It’s just too early to tell which of those potential options becomes more appealing over time.”

In March, Cunningham told WCHL that changes to the UNC basketball facility were years away and that the discussions were just beginning. Not much has changed in the eight months since word first broke that changes were coming. And, he says he wants to take the next 12 months to get the answers to what route UNC Athletics should take.

Many of the lower-level seats are reserved for season ticket holders and lifetime seat holders. Those lifetime seat holders are already major contributors to the athletic department financially and ones that could greatly benefit a new venue. But, are the Dean Dome lifetime seat holders guaranteed seats in a potential new facility?

“It’s a great question,” Cunningham says. “That is something that we have to take a look at: what are the obligations that the institution has to the donors, and what obligation do we have to new donors? So, that becomes a very significant question and challenge that we will hope to get some answers to over the next 12 months.”

If renovations are the plan of attack in the 27-year-old facility, Cunningham says one addition could be to add a type of luxury suite or club box much like the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.

“The suite rights for suites and club seats more than pays for the debt service,” Cunningham says. “In fact, it turns a little bit of revenue back to the general fund for the department. So, if we took that model and applied it to basketball, is there a way to create premium seating that would cover the cost of construction and then increase revenue for the department that would help us fund our other sports.”

Cunningham says that would take some revenue away from individual seats, but may offer the option to gain revenue from the space the seats took up by increased value that square footage would then have.

Cunningham says the bottom line is that no decisions are being made right now but that the athletic department is going to make sure that it can continue to recruit top players, coaches, and contributors.

“How do we preserve one of the best basketball programs in the country and put it in a facility that will continue to attract players and coaches,” Cunningham says. “That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to sort through what is appropriate right now.”

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/gets-upgrades-first-soccer-basketball/

Coach Dorrance On WSoc’s Success Despite Injuries

CHAPEL HILL - The No. 1 UNC women’s soccer team will face off against No. 2 UCLA Saturday in Chapel Hill at 5:00 p.m. for the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.

Head Coach Anson Dorrance joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Thursday Morning News to talk about Carolina’s season so far and how the Heels have continued to win despite injuries.

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You can catch the quarterfinal action right here on 97.9 FM WCHL or streaming live on Chapelboro.com.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/coach-anson-dorrance-uncs-success-despite-injuries/

Green & Sieloff Lead WSoc Past Aggies 2-0 In NCAA 3rd Round

CHAPEL HILL  -  Summer Green scored a pair of goals and Anna Sieloff had a stellar game in goal to lead fifth-ranked North Carolina past 13th-ranked Texas A&M 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament before 806 fans at chilly Fetzer Field Sunday afternoon.

The Tar Heels’ win earns them a home quarterfinal game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.  The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels will play host to second-ranked UCLA Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal round at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels improved to 20-4 with the victory while Texas A&M finished its season with a record of 18-5-2.  This marks Carolina’s first 20-win season since the 2009 campaign when that NCAA championship team finished at 23-3-1.

Green scored both of the goals in the game for the Tar Heels.  The sophomore striker from Milford, Mich., has been on fire in the last 10 games, recording five goals and five assists during that span.  She now has nine goals and six assists in 24 games overall this season.

On the other end of the field, Anna Sieloff made four saves in goal, just one shy of her career high.  But the quality of Sieloff’s saves were amazing as she made some huge stops midway through the second half that allowed the Tar Heels to keep their separation from the Aggies.

UNC had to rely on its bench to help overcome the Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Aggies.  With Alexa Newfield out of the lineup after being hurt against Indiana Friday night, the Tar Heels then lost Crystal Dunn 19 minutes into the match with an unspecified leg injury.  But Tar Heels Brooke ElbyJoanna BoylesCameron Castleberry and Paige Nielsen were huge off the bench for UNC, recording 77, 65, 49 and 44 minutes, respectively.

The Tar Heels took advantage of a counterattack to score their first goal less than three minutes into the game.  After a corner kick for A&M, the Heels were able to gain possession and were off to the races to the other end of the pitch for a four-on-three.  Summer Green dribbled virtually the entire way and when A&M defenders stayed with other Tar Heels, she blasted a shot from the top of the box that caromed inadvertently off an A&M defender and into the back of the goal for Green’s eighth score of the season.

Carolina outshot the Aggies 10-3 in the opening 45 minutes but could not gain a second goal before halftime.  The second half was more even with UNC taking nine shots and Texas A&M eight.  Both goalkeepers made three second half saves.

UNC caught a break when Green’s shot just a minute and a half into the second period was blocked down by an A&M defender in the box for a penalty kick.  Green calmly stepped to the 12-yard spot and drove a kick into the left side for a 2-0 lead at 46:36 of the match.

It’s ironic that would end up being the final score because both teams had several more great opportunities to score.  Sieloff’s first big save of the second half came against Annie Kunz at 48:08 as she had a breakaway past the UNC defense but her shot from 15 yards was deflected by Sieloff’s fingertips and rolled just barely past the right post for a corner kick.

At 53:42, Green almost finished off a hat trick but her shot from 20 yards was parried off the cross bar at the last second by A&M goalkeeper Jordan Day.  Less than a minute later, Joanna Boyles had a chance off a corner kick that was cleared out by an Aggie defender for at the last moment.

Sieloff would go on to make two more top-flight saves for the Tar Heels both on shots by Kelly Monogue.  She stopped a Monogue shot at 56:51.  In the 71st minute, Sieloff had to come out of her box on a breakaway by A&M and received a yellow card for colliding with Shea Groom just a yard outside of the penalty area.  Monogue’s shot on the free kick went past the Carolina wall but was knocked down by Sieloff and eventually cleared away by the UNC defense over the line for a corner kick

Ironically, that shot and save at 70:42 seemed to end whatever momentum A&M had at the time.  After recording eight shots in the opening 25:42 of the second half, Carolina won back the run of play and salted away the win, not allowing a shot by the Aggies in the final 19 minutes.

Overall, UNC outshot Texas A&M 19-11 and had an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.

UNC improved to 14-2 all-time in games against Texas A&M and is 4-0 against the Aggies in NCAA Tournament games, all of which were played at Fetzer Field.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/green-sieloff-lead-wsoc-past-aggies-2-0-ncaa-3rd-round/

WSoc: Dunn’s Return Fuels 4-0 NCAA Win Over The Hoosiers

CHAPEL HILL -  Crystal Dunn and Paige Nielseneach scored a goal and assisted on another and Satara Murray assisted on a pair of tallies to power fifth-ranked North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Indiana Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament before 2,019 fans at Fetzer Field.

With the victory, the Tar Heels improved to 19-4 on the season and will play host to 13th-ranked Texas A&M (18-4-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in an NCAA third round game.  The Hoosiers, who were in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, saw their season end at 15-7-1.  The Aggies advanced to the third round Sunday after surviving a battle with in-state rival Texas Tech.  The game ended after two overtimes at 2-2 before A&M earned advancement on penalty kicks 4-3.

Dunn, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, returned to the Tar Heel lineup for the first time since she suffered a hamstring injury in practice on November 5.  She had missed Carolina’s ACC Tournament semifinal loss to Florida State and the Tar Heels’ NCAA first round win over Liberty.

Against the Hoosiers, she made her presence felt virtually immediately.  In the first 33 minutes of the match, the Tar Heels peppered the Hoosiers’ net with 11 shots but were unable to get anything past IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower.  The best of those 11 opportunities came off the foot of Brooke Elby who rifled a shot from 20 yards off the left post at 32:13 of the match.

Dunn replaced Joanna Boyles in the lineup at 33:59 and just a little over three minutes later it was 1-0 Carolina.  Paige Nielsen flicked a ball on to Tar Heel freshman Cameron Castleberry on the right side.  Dunn made a run down the center of the pitch and one-timed Castleberry’s brilliant cross into the right side of the goal at 37:41.  It was her 14th goal of the campaign, the most by a Tar Heel since Kealia Ohai had 14 goals in 2010.

The Tar Heels outshot the Hoosiers 12-1 in the first half but they were even better offensively in the second half, scoring three goals on 11 shots.  It was less than five minutes into the period that Carolina scored to give it some separation from the Hoosiers.  UNC began the second half in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Dunn starting the final 45 minutes.  She got involved in the scoring again at the 49:06 mark as she fed freshman Amber Munerlyn in the box and the first-year striker finished her chance in a clinical manner to the goalie’s left from eight yards out.  Summer Green fed Dunn on the play and Dunn’s dribbling prowess then found the open Munerlyn for the putaway.

Carolina almost made it 3-0 at the 60:13 mark as Satara Murray‘s header off a Paige Nielsen corner kick was denied by the cross bar.  Kelly McFarlane pounced on the rebound and appeared to have scored but a defender pushed the ball back out across the line before the assistant referee could signal a goal.

In the end the slight to McFarlane’s scoring ledger did not matter in the team outcome as the Tar Heels struck for a pair of goals in the final 11 minutes of the match to overcome a six-save performance by Indiana’s Flower and win handily.  Carolina matched its season high for goals in a game for the second straight contest.

At 79:53, Kealia Ohai took a pass from Satara Murray and scored from the left side of the box from 15 yards, bending the ball inside the far post.  It was Ohai’s 11th goal of the campaign.  The Tar Heels then finished off the scoring at 85:52 as Paige Nielsen notched her sixth goal of the season and second of the NCAA Tournament.  Vicky Bruce fed a ball to Satara Murray who carried it down the right wing, feeding the ball across to Nielsen who redirected it with her head just inside the near post.

Carolina finished with a 23-10 edge in shots, including a 10-2 margin in shots on goal.  The Tar Heels had a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.  Goalkeepers Anna Sieloff and Bryane Heaberlin shared the clean sheet, UNC’s 14th of the season in 23 matches.  The defensive back line of Murray, Megan BrigmanHanna Gardner and Katie Bowen again was stellar, limiting Indiana to just two shots.

Carolina and Texas A&M will play each other in NCAA Tournament action on Sunday for the fourth time.  All three previous meetings were in NCAA quarterfinal games in Chapel Hill with UNC winning all three of those contests.  UNC leads the all-time series 13-2 but the Tar Heels lost their most recent meeting against the Aggies, falling 4-3 in overtime in a 2011 regular-season matchup.

All eight ACC teams which were invited to the NCAA Tournament won their second round matches so half of the Round of 16 field will include teams from the league.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/wsoc-dunns-return-fuels-4-0-ncaa-win-hoosiers/