No. 2 Field Hockey Hosts Wake Forest Friday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Since closing enjoying at house on Sept. 4, the UNC box hockey staff has traveled cross-cross nation, opened Atlantic Coast Conference play, and held onto a No. 2 nationwide rating.
One factor the Tar Heels have not executed? Surrendered a function.
Carolina is on a string of 4 consecutive shutaouts heading into Friday afternoon’s ACC matchup with No. 15 Wake Forest at Kare Shelton Stadium. Game time is 4 p.m. and there’s no fee for admission.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and the primary 200 scholars gets loose Carolina bucket hats.
Fans can revel in backyard video games at Tar Heel Alley, positioned in the back of the Shelton Stadium stands. It’s additionally Carolina Kids Club Day, with further amusing for Kids Club participants.
The closing time UNC performed at house, nearly 3 weeks in the past, the Tar Heels beat Penn 4-0 as a part of the ACC-Ivy League Conference Crossover. After that, Carolina performed at California on Sept. 9, successful 7-0, and at Stanford on Sept. 11, successful 6-0.
UNC opened ACC play closing Friday with a 3-0 highway win over No. 4 Louisville.
Noting the Matchup
• UNC and Wake Forest shared a stadium previous this season once they each represented their convention within the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, hosted via the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Aug. 26 and 28. Both colleges performed Michigan and Iowa.
• UNC and Wake Forest are going through off for the primary time this season and the 86th time at school historical past. Carolina leads the sequence 60-21-4 and has gained the closing 11 conferences.
• The groups closing met within the 2021 ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Syracuse. In the overall recreation of the day, performed in freezing temperatures and after darkish, the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons battled into time beyond regulation earlier than Cassie Sumfest’s function within the 63rd minute gave UNC a 3-2 win. Erin Matson, who scored Carolina’s first two of the sport, assisted at the function, which got here on a penalty nook. The Tar Heels went on to assert their 5th consecutive  convention crown.
• Carolina gained the 2021 regular-season assembly 1-0 in Winston-Salem on Oct. 15. Ciana Riccardo scored the primary function of her profession within the 14th minute, and it held up for the gamewinner.
• Wake’s closing victory within the sequence got here on Sept. 8, 2017, 3-1 in Winston-Salem in that 12 months’s regular-season matchup.
Noting the Tar Heels
• The Tar Heels have close out their closing 4 fighters via a blended ranking of 20-0: Penn 4-0, California 7-0, Stanford 6-0, Louisville 3-0. Over that span, UNC has outshot fighters 76-19.
• Through seven video games, the Tar Heels are outshooting fighters 127-39 and outscoring them 32-6.
• Four of Carolina’s 5 first-quarter objectives this season have come from newbies (3 via Ryleigh Heck, all within the first two-and-a-half mins of play, and one via Ashley Sessa)
• UNC has long past 3 video games with out permitting a shot earlier than halftime: pictures had been 16-0 within the first half of at Cal, 12-0 within the first half of at Stanford, 5-0 within the first half of at Louisville.
• The Tar Heels have outscored fighters 18-4 earlier than halftime this season. Iowa and Princeton, each and every with two objectives on the ruin, are the one groups to attain on UNC earlier than halftime this season.
• Senior midfielder Meredith Sholder is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
• Twelve other gamers have scored no less than one function for UNC this season. After senior Erin Matson’s seven objectives, freshman Ashley Sessa has six and freshman Ryleigh Heck has 5.
• UNC is coming off a season low in penalty corners after drawing only one at Louisville. The season prime got here 3 video games in the past with 19 at Cal.
• With two objectives in opposition to at Cal, Matson moved right into a tie for 7th position at the NCAA’s all-time profession objectives record with 116.
• Four true newbies have made begins for the Tar Heels. Forward Heck and midfielders Sessa and Sietske Brüning have began all seven video games. Goalkeeper Kylie Walbert began in opposition to Iowa, Penn and Stanford and performed the second one half of of the remainder video games.
• Senior Paityn Wirth had as many assists – 3 – within the recreation in opposition to Michigan as she did in all the 2021 season. She now leads the staff with 5 at the season.
• Sessa recorded a hat trick in opposition to Michigan in her first recreation as a Tar Heel.
• Matson and Meredith Sholder had been voted via their teammates because the 2022 captains.
• Five participants of the Carolina staff are participants of the 2022-23 U.S. National Team. Seniors Matson, Sholder and Wirth had been named to the squad in July, together with newbies Heck and Sessa

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