No. 11 Tar Heels Edge No. 18 Deacons 1-0
Oct. 14, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 18 Wake Forest women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels, on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. With the loss the Demon Deacons are knotted in conference play wins and losses at 2-2-1 and 7-5-2 overall while the Tar Heels are 5-1-0 in the ACC and 11-3-0 in regular season action.
Both teams shined in defense throughout in the contest, with only three total shots fired in the first 45 minutes and 13 total at the end of the match.
"Defensively we did a good job limiting UNC's opportunities. We really worked until the last second," WFU Head Coach Tony da Luz said.
The Demon Deacons held the Tar Heels to three shots in the first half, and seven shots through most of the second, until UNC launched three shots in the last seven minutes.
Despite giving up a Tar Heel goal, Laura Morse had her best game of 2007, posting a season-high four saves during the contest. As the UNC shot-count added up, Morse continued to bring her A-game, making several key saves in the second half including stops on back-to-back UNC possessions with five minutes left in the match.
The Deacons found few gaps in the UNC defense during the match. Amanda Lebo caught UNC keeper Anna Rodenbough out of the goal but was unable to complete a cross to Allie Sadow in the 26th minute. The Deacons were held shotless until WFU sophomore Bess Harrington launched the ball over the net with 12 minutes left in the contest.
The Tar Heels netted the game-winner with eight minutes left in the first half as UNC senior forward Laura Gilbert took a pass from Tobin Heath at the top of the penalty area, kicking a high ball over the head of Morse into the top right corner of the net to give the Heels a 1-0 edge.
Jill Hutchinson stopped Rachel Givan's charge for the goal two minutes later, keeping the forward from completing pass that resulted in Wake recovering possession. The Tar Heels fired one more shot with 90 seconds remaining, but Morse fisted the ball off the line, holding UNC at 1-0 going into halftime.
The Tar Heels' first big run for the net came in the 51st minute, with midfielder Nikki Washington jumping in the pack to head the ball, going just over the net and back into Deacon possession.
Megan Upchurch stopped a Tar Heel drive in the 71st minute, jumping in the line of fire to land a header and knocking the ball out play at the WFU baseline.
Hutchinson found herself in several battles with Tar Heel senior defender Ariel Harris, but Harris was able to match Hutchinson's speed, keeping the Deacon's leading scorer from taking a shot during in the Sunday match.
The 0-1 outcome wasn't the idea finish for the Demon Deacons on Sunday, but it did showcase WFU's improvement since the last time WFU faced UNC and dropped the contest 4-0 in Chapel Hill.
"It was a hard fought battle that lasted the full 90 minutes," Wake senior defender Megan Upchurch said. "I'm proud of the way we played. We went into the game with a strong mentality. I think this shows how much we've improved in the last year and that we are going to be team that is sticking around."
Next up for the Demon Deacons will be a week-night ACC match-up vs. Duke at Spry Stadium this Thursday at 7 p.m.