Balanced attack leads North Carolina past Stanford in NCAA tourney opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With goals from four different players, North Carolina beat No. 11 Stanford 4-1 on Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tar Heels will return to the Henry Stadium turf on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Sophomore Charlotte Craddock opened the Tar Heel scoring in the ninth minute of play, sending a hard shot into the cage from the top of the circle. The goal was her team-high 21st of the season.
Carolina went up 2-0 in the 28th minute on a goal by freshman Emma Bozek, who sent a ball across the cage and past Stanford keeper Dulcie Davies for her sixth goal of the season.
The Tar Heels made the lead 3-0 early in the second half on a goal by senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, who got her 10th score of the year on a pass from senior Kelsey Kolojejchick, who leads the nation in assists.
Stanford scored its only goal on a penalty corner in the 60th minute. On the Cardinal's fourth and final corner of the game, sophomore Kelsey Harbin scored her fifth goal of the season on a ball from senior Becky Dru.
UNC added one more goal in the closing minutes, when Bozek sent a cross from the right side and junior Sinead Loughran deflected it in from the left.
UNC led 16-10 in shots and 6-4 in corners. Davies made four saves for Stanford, and sophomore goalkeeper Sassi Ammer had four for Carolina.