ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Behind two goals each from Elizabeth Stephens and Samantha Travers and one from Kelsey Kolojejchick, No. 2 North Carolina opened its 2011 season Saturday with a 5-0 win at No. 9 Michigan in the first game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. In action at Ocker Field, the Tar Heels scored early, with Stephens’ first goal coming on a corner in the fifth minute of play, and led 4-0 at the half.
Stephens, the team’s vice-captain and a forward from St. Louis, scored the opener on a penalty corner, assisted by juniors Katie Ardrey and Caitlin Van Sickle. She then assisted on Travers’ first goal, in the 19th minute. It was the first career score for Travers, a redshirt freshman forward from Harare, Zimbabwe. Travers got her second less than six minutes later, scoring on a penalty corner with assists from Van Sickle and senior Katelyn Falgowski. Kolojejchick, a junior from Larksville, Pa., made it 4-0 in the 33rd minute on a pass from sophomore Marta Malmberg to the right post.
UNC’s only goal of the second half came 17 seconds after the break, when Stephens scored on a rebound. With two goals and an assist for the day, she was honored as the Player of the Game for the event’s opener.
Sophomore Caitlin Powers started in goal for UNC and played the first half, saving the only shot on goal. Freshman Sassi Ammer played the second half, picking up three saves to preserve the shutout.