It was another busy week in Tar Heel athletics. The football team went to 3-0 defeating Virginia. Interim Head Coach Everett Withers won his first conference game and the team grabbed a lot of headlines. Let's take a look at how the other teams fared this weekend:
The top ranked Tar Heels split two games this weekend. They took on the second ranked Old Dominion Lady Monarch's on Friday and fell 3-1. It was the first loss of the season. Carolina scored first on a penalty corner by Samantha Travers but Old Dominion scored the next three. The game was tied at halftime 1-1 but ODU scored the game winner, a penalty corner, in the 45th minute. The win moves Old Dominion to 7-0 and will likely move them to the top of the rankings this week.
Carolina rebounded on Sunday against Wake Forest winning the game 2-1. Freshman Loren Shealy scored the game winner in overtime for the Tar Heels. It was her first career goal and came with only 15 seconds left in the first overtime. Carolina scored the first goal on a penalty corner but the Deacs tied the game up in the 40th minute of play that ultimately sent the game to overtime. The game is not a conference game as ACC Field Hockey teams only play each other once in conference play. The game in Winston-Salem will be the conference game between the two schools. North Carolina moves to 6-1 on the season and will take on Longwood next, on Wednesday.
Carolina was in action on Friday against Wake Forest in their first conference game of the season. The 4th ranked Heels came away with a 1-0 victory in Winston-Salem. Jordan Gafa scored the game winner, his first goal of the season, in the 58th minute of play. Gafa scored on a header from a corner kick by Kirk Urso. Scott Goodwin recorded his first shutout in goal for the Tar Heels saving 5 on the night. North Carolina will take their 5-1 record on the road to face Wofford on Tuesday.
The 5th ranked Tar Heels faced rival N.C. State on Friday in their first conference test of the season. After trailing 1-0, they scored the next 5 goals en-route to a 5-1 victory. Five different Tar Heels scored goals in the game. Carolina, fresh off of an upset at the hands of Texas A&M, found themselves behind after State's Stephanie Bronson scored at the 14:42 mark. The Heels promptly scored the equalizer 27 seconds later and rattled off the next 4 goals. Crystal Dunn, Megan Brigman, Maria Lubrano, Emmalie Pfankuch and Rebbeca Crabb all scored on the night. Carolina out-shot the Wolfpack 22-5 in the match. UNC will be back in action September 25 against Virginia. The game will be shown on ESPNU.
Carolina played in the Tar Heel Classic at Carmichael Auditorium this weekend. They won 2 of 3 games in the tournament. On Friday, Tulsa beat North Carolina 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25) After losing the first set, the Heels won the second but lost sets three and four. Emily McGee had a career high 22 kills while Tia Gaffen chipped in 17 kills.
In their first match on Saturday, North Carolina defeated Miami(Ohio) 3-0. Chaniel Nelson recorded a career-high 16 kills on the day. The Heels jumped out quickly in the first two sets and won those 25-15, 25-13. The third set was closer as Miami lead midway through the set. But Carolina rallied back to take the third set 25-22.
The Tar Heels faced St. Louis on Saturday night. Emily McGee racked up 17 kills and the Heels defeated the Billikens 3-0 (29-27, 25-21, 25-12). Senior Aleksandra Georgieva picked up 11 digs in the win. The first set went back and forth with 9 lead changes. The second set was close as well before the Tar Heels got on a roll to take the set. In the third set, Carolina jumped out fast and never looked back to take the win and close out the Tar Heel Classic. North Carolina moves to 8-3 on the season and will face Maryland on the road September 23.