North Carolina Defeats Virginia Tech 4-2 In ACC Women's Soccer Championship Opener

Nov. 3, 2010


CARY, N.C. -- North Carolina defeated Virginia Tech Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the first quarterfinal game of the ACC Women's Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday. The victory brings the Tar Heels to 17-2-1 and drops the Hokies to 10-9-1 in the 2010 season.

Tar Heel head coach Anson Dorrance described the importance of the win:

"We are thrilled to be advancing in the ACC tournament by beating a combative Virginia Tech team," he said "I credit Virginia Tech head coach Kelly Cagle and her team for an outstanding effort."

North Carolina wasted no time getting on the board in the match--at 44:38, only 22 seconds in, freshman Kealia Ohai took a pass from classmate Crystal Dunn and put it in the back of the net for her 13th goal of the 2010 season.

"You can't go down 1-0 22 seconds into the game against a team like North Carolina--they're going to make you pay," Cagle said.

The Tar Heels built on their lead at 19:01, when Dunn netted her fifth goal of the season off of an assist by Courtney Jones. The squad threatened again soon after, with Kelly McFarlane narrowly missing the goalpost wide left.

Virginia Tech's offense then responded, earning back-to-back shots on goal, the first by freshman Jazmine Reeves, and the second by freshman Ashley Manning. However, the Hokies failed to capitalize on the opportunities, and the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Tar Heels.

In the final minute of the first half, North Carolina threatened to score twice, both on attempts by Elizabeth Burchenal, which brought the squad's total shots in the first half to eight, including four shots on goal.

North Carolina further extended its lead in 50th minute, thanks to freshman Meg Morris' first career goal. Streaking down the left side of the field, Morris took a flashy pass from Alyssa Rich and Ohai, netting the score and bringing the Tar Heel lead to 3-0.

At 19:25, Emmalie Pfankuch earned her second goal of the season on the assist from Ranee Premji, pushing the North Carolina lead to 4-0 in the match.

Virginia Tech broke up the shutout in the 75th minute, when Katie DeTuro nailed a goal, making the score 4-1. At 12:39, on a Hokie cornerkick, Kelly Conheeney passed to Julia Goldsworthy, who struck the ball in to the back of the net, cutting the Tar Heel lead in half.

Both squads' goalkeepers earned four saves in the match--two in each half. In addition, North Carolina won the shot battle, edging Virginia Tech 12-8. However, six of the Hokie's eight shots were on goal.

The Tar Heels will return to action in the ACC Women's Soccer Championship Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the semifinals against the winner of the Florida State vs. Wake Forest matchup.