Sept. 19, 2010

Courtesy of UNC

DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore forward Alyssa Rich and freshman striker Elizabeth Burchenal  scored goals in the second half as top-ranked North Carolina eased past fifth-ranked Florida 2-0 in the Duke Nike Classic at Koskinen Stadium Sunday afternoon. With the win the Tar Heels finished the non-conference portion of their 2010 schedule with a mark of 8-0-1 with only a draw with second-ranked Stanford marring perfection.

It was a hard-fought battle between the two Top 5 teams Sunday on a 90 degree day in Durham. The match was pretty even until around 59th minute when UNC began to take over, tallying a pair of goals and outshooting the Gators 10-0 over the last 31:23 of the match. Carolina had the fresher legs at the end as the Tar Heels were able to play their full roster Friday in a 7-1 victory over Middle Tennessee, while Florida and Duke battled to a 1-1 tie late Friday evening.

Carolina took advantage to score the game-winning goal at 60:15 of the match. In a wild scramble in front of the Florida goal, Meghan Klingenberg punched a ball to the center of the box where Ali Hawkins tried to redirect across the goal line. Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine, who had eight saves on the day, deflected Hawkins' shot but Alyssa Rich was there to punch home the rebound for her seventh goal of the season and fourth of the weekend. A Florida defender sent Rich's ball back out but she was standing in the goal when she did so and the ball had already crossed the line before getting to her.

UNC added an inurance goal at 74:24 as Elizabeth Burchenal earned her fourth tally of the season and second in two games. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Crabb nodded down ball in the box to Burchenal who was three yards away on the left side of the goal mouth. The freshman pounced on Crabb's pass and tapped the ball past Fraine into the goal. Crabb earned her first career point as a Tar Heel with her assist.
 
Carolina finished with a 17-6 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Fraine made eight saves for UF as she went the entire 90 minutes in goal. UNC split goalkeeper time with Hannah Daly going the first half and Anna Sieloff the second 45 minutes. Sieloff earned the decision in goal to improve to 6-0-1 on the season. Sieloff made four saves for the Tar Heels, all in a period of less than seven minutes from the 49th to 56th minutes when the Gators took much of the play to the Tar Heels.

UNC outshot the Gators 4-2 in the first half and had two excellent chances to score. Amber Brooks had a header go off the cross bar at 22:17 and Courtney Jones had a shot go just wide right at 26:38 in a one-on-one situation against Fraine.

The first 10:36 of the second half was action packed with Florida outshooting the Tar Heels 4-3. Sieloff made four saves in that span and Fraine had two. After Fraine saved a shot by Courtney Jones at 58:37, the Tar Heels scored less than two minutes later. UNC would add the insurance goal in the 75th minute and it had another great opportunity to make it 3-0 in the 87th minute when Rich took a brilliant cross from Jones but pushed her shot just wid