No. 1 North Carolina Blanks No. 4 Wake Forest, 5-0, on Saturday
Sept. 29, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Top-ranked North Carolina scored four goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 shutout over the fourth-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,329 fans at Kentner Stadium.
With the win, the Tar Heels remained undefeated at 12-0, picking up their seventh straight shutout victory and moved to 2-0 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons fell to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
After only a minute into the game, North Carolina's Rachel Dawson scored the Heels' first goal off a penalty corner receiving assists from Jesse Gey and Katelyn Falgowski.
Wake gained some momentum minutes later and pressured UNC goalkeeper Brianna O'Donnell as the Deacs fired four shots, but O'Donnell saved three of them.
The Tar Heels scored twice more to take a 3-0 lead midway through the first half getting goals from Britt van Beek and Alli Tanner.
With the clock winding down, UNC added one more goal when Illse Davids received a pass from Dawson and knocked it in at the top of circle to go up 4-0. The Heels looked to add one more score when Melanie Brill received a penalty stroke, but freshman goalkeeper Alex Mann was able to knock the ball away.
After a shot by Liz Fries went wide, North Carolina gained control as Laree Beans tapped in the fifth and final goal at the 37:09 mark.
Defense was key for the Tar Heels for the remainder of the game as Wake Forest totaled 12 penalty corners and 11 shots in the second 35 minutes. O'Donnell and Jackie Kintzer, who replaced the starting keeper late in the game, recorded seven saves in the second half.
The Deacs, who had at least four consecutive penalty corners on two different occasions, could not capitalize on the numerous scoring opportunities as the Heels' defense stepped up.
Wake Forest out-shot North Carolina 19-10 and Mann recorded four saves in her first career start. Chelsea Cipriani and Michelle Kasold each took four shots in the game, while Aileen Davis and Minou Gimbrere both had three shots.
Prior to the start of the game, Wake Forest honored Maria Whitehead's No. 5 jersey. Whitehead, a standout player from 1998-2002, passed away last November of cancer.
Wake Forest looks to bounce back on Sunday when it faces No. 5 Michigan State at noon in Kentner Stadium.