Overflow Crowd Cheers Field Hockey To 2-0 Win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C –  Behind two second-half targets via senior Erin Matson, the second-ranked North Carolina box hockey group beat No. 15 Wake Forest 2-0 Friday afternoon to toughen to 8-0 at the season and 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference motion. Playing at Karen Shelton Stadium in entrance of an overflow crowd of greater than 1,100, the Tar Heels earned their fifth-consecutive shutout, the longest streak with out permitting a objective because the 2011 season.
“I’m delighted with the win and our second ACC shutout,” UNC trainer Karen Shelton mentioned. “They’re not easy to come by and I’m really pleased with our team. I thought it was a fantastic team effort and credit to Wake Forest – I thought they played superbly. They gave us trouble getting out of the back and made us play well together.”
Next up is a highway sport at Liberty on Oct. 2. UNC’s subsequent performs at house on Oct. 14 towards Syracuse.
Friday, on a fab and sunny afternoon on their house turf, the Tar Heels led 7-2 in photographs ahead of halftime however could not get one to fall. Wake Forest’s Ellie Todd made 5 saves over the primary two quarters to stay UNC off the board.
Matson scored what would end up to be the gamewinner simply over 5 mins into the 3rd quarter. Midfielder Jasmina Smolenaars fed her the ball simply outdoor the circle at the left facet. Matson fought via a defender to get into the circle then dribbled halfway to the cage ahead of rolling a shot previous Todd, who had pop out to protect at the play.
With slightly below 5 mins to play within the sport, senior Meredith Sholder took keep an eye on of the ball within the midfield and handed it into the circle to sophomore Lisa Slinkert. Slinkert crossed it to Matson, who slid to knock the ball in for a 2-0 lead and just a little of respiring room for the Tar Heels.
UNC held a 19-5 benefit in photographs, with 14 of them on objective. Kylie Walbert and Abigail Taylor cut up time within the cage for Carolina, with Taylor making two saves within the fourth quarter to maintain the shutout. Todd made 12 saves for the Demon Deacons, together with six within the 3rd quarter when Carolina held a 9-0 benefit in photographs.
The Tar Heels performed in entrance of probably the most biggest crowds ever at Karen Shelton Stadium, the place UNC is now 44-2 courting again to the start of the 2018 season. Fans stuffed the stands and spilled out into the grassy spaces on both sides, loudly cheering at the Tar Heels and responding when the UNC bench shouted “Tar!”
“Amazing crowd today,” Shelton mentioned. “And the fans were into it – they were paying attention and they oohed and aahed when we had nice plays. The interaction between the crowd and our bench was awesome and that helps – it gives us energy and it makes us play better. So credit to the crowd and the fans that came out today.”
No. 2 North Carolina 2, No. 15 Wake Forest 0
Scoring: UNC – Erin Matson, 35:19; UNC – Matson (Lisa Slinkert), 55:07
Shots: UNC 19 (3/4/9/30, WFU 5 (1/1/0/3)
Penalty corners: UNC 7 (1/2/3/1), WFU 2 (0/0/0/2)
Goalkeeper saves: UNC 2 (Kylie Walbert, 30:00, 0 targets allowed, 0 saves; Abigail Taylor, 30:00, 0 targets allowed, 2 saves), WFU 12 (Ellie Todd, 60:00, 2 targets allowed, 12 saves)
Records: UNC 8-0 (2-0 ACC), Wake Forest 5-3 (0-1 ACC)

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