Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of UNC Athletics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Behind a two-goal performance from senior Danielle Forword, third-ranked North Carolina defeated No. 16 Ohio State 4-1 Saturday afternoon in the first round of NCAA Tournament play at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium. UNC improved to 17-2 with the win, while the Buckeyes saw their season end with a 13-7 mark.

Making their 26th appearance in the NCAA field, the Tar Heels advanced to a second round game on Sunday at 2 p.m. UNC will meet the winner of Saturday's other first round game in Winston-Salem between host Wake Forest and Indiana.

"We're delighted to advance to the second round," said UNC coach Karen Shelton, who has led Carolina to five national championships, most recently in 2007. "At this time of year, it's always a relief to win the first one. At no point in the game did we feel totally comfortable. Ohio State gave us an awful lot to have to prepare for and they looked dangerous throughout. I credit our team for for playing some very good team defense to limit them to two penalty corners. I thought it was a good day defensively for us and of course I'm happy we were able to score four goals."

Forword, a forward from East London, South Africa, and the team captain, scored the gamewinner in the eighth minute of play, sending a shot over OSU goalkeeper Ally Tunitis for her 12th goal of the year. Freshman Kelsey Kolojejchick assisted on the play.

In the 22nd minute, another senior made the score 2-0 when Illse Davids, a midfielder from Plumstead, South Africa, was called upon to take a penalty stroke and sent her shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

Forword's second goal of the game came with 11:23 to play before halftime on a penalty corner. Assisting on the score were senior Riley Foster on the push-in and junior Katelyn Falgowski on the stick stop.

UNC held Ohio State without a first half shot or corner.

Just under 10 minutes into the second half, Carolina ran the score to 4-0 with another penalty corner goal. Senior Melanie Brill sent a shot to the right of the cage, where Kolojejchick deflected it in for the score.

 

The Buckeyes got their only goal of the game on a penalty corner in the 54th minute of play. After OSU's initial shot was stopped, Aisling McKeon got her stick on the rebound and sent a shot past junior goalkeeper Brianna O'Donnell from the left side. O'Donnell replaced UNC starter Jackie Kintzer in goal with 18 minutes to play and made the Tar Heels' only save of the game.

 

Carolina finished the game with a 14-4 advantage on shots, with all four by the Buckeyes coming in the second half. The Tar Heels had 10 penalty corners, six of them in the first half. OSU had two, both in the second half. Twenty-two players saw action for the Tar Heels, providing the team with depth on a warm, sunny day.

 

With two goals on the day, Forword now has 50 for her career and moved into a tie for ninth on UNC's career goals chart. Her total of 114 career points ranks 10th on that list.