Sept. 26, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The North Carolina field hockey team picked up its second consecutive one-goal win over a ranked team Sunday afternoon, beating No. 18 Stanford 2-1 at Francis E. Henry Stadium. Now 9-0 on the season, the Tar Heels were coming off a 1-0 win at No. 13 Duke on Saturday. The visiting Cardinal fell to 5-3 with the loss.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome of today’s game,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “Again, it was a hard-fought game for us. I give a lot of credit to Stanford. I think they worked hard and played aggressively as if they had nothing to lose. They gave us some things to handle and I’m glad we were able to rise to the occasion.”
Carolina freshman Katie Shanahan came off the bench to score the gamewinner in the 16th minute of play. After a flurry of shots at Stanford goalkeeper Alessandra Moss, Shanahan, a forward from London, England, grabbed a ball from sophomore Caitlin Van Sickle and sent it in from just in front of the cage.
UNC scored again in the 22nd minute of play, on its first penalty corner of the game and only one in the first half. Sophomore Kelsey Kolojejchick was waiting on the right side to deflect in a shot from freshman Marta Malmberg and put Carolina up 2-0. Kolojejchick, from Larksville, Pa., leads UNC with eight goals this season, and Malmberg, from Marathon, N.Y., is the team’s assists leader with seven.
Stanford’s goal came with no time on the first-half clock. The Cardinal drew its only corner of the day in the closing seconds of the first period, and the clock was on 00:00 by the time the play began. Senior Xanthe Travlos deflected in a shot by sophomore Becky Dru to put Stanford on the board and make the score 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, UNC had nine shots to none by Stanford, but wasn’t able to score again and finished day well below its season scoring average of 4.25 goals per game.
“The fact we could hang onto the one-goal victory is good,” Shelton said. “I thought in both games we handled the clock at the end pretty well. When we had a one-goal lead late in the game, we didn’t give up a lot. We only gave up two shots on the day, and one penalty corner – that’s a good defensive effort and I think our back four continues to shine for us.”
Carolina continues its busy schedule on Tuesday, traveling to Longwood for its third game in four days. The next home game is Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Tar Heels host No. 8 Wake Forest for an Atlantic Coast Conference battle.