Oct. 1, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - Goals by Kealia Ohai, Courtney Jones and Rachel Wood lifted third-ranked North Carolina to a 3-0 triumph over NC State before a crowd of 2,023 at Dail Soccer Field. The Tar Heels improved to 10-1-1 overall on the season and moved above the .500 mark in the ACC at 2-1. NC State fell to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Each of the Wolfpack's last two losses have come at home to teams ranked in the top three in the nation.

The Tar Heels had three good early chances to dent the scoreboard. Courtney Jones missed just wide the right after getting behind the NC State defense at 6:04 and just a little over four minutes later Crystal Dunn's header in the box was saved by Kim Kern. A minute and a half later, Kern saved a shot by Kealia Ohai in the box.

NC almost took the lead in the 24th minute as Kara Blosser had two close in shots for the Wolfpack but Hannah Daly swatted the first away before a defender blocked the second try. Kern made another save on a close in attempt by Ohai in the 27th minute but less than four minutes after that Carolina took the lead.

UNC earned a throw in deep in State's end of the field on the right side. Katie Klimczak's throw in went to Courtney Jones in the box and she flicked it on to Kealia Ohai who scored from a difficult angle into the left far side netting. It was Ohai's seventh goal of the year.

Carolina had an excellent opportunity to double its lead in the 35th minute but Kern turned away Rachel Wood's free kick and Kealia Ohai's rebound attempt. The Tar Heels dodged a bullet in the final minute of play. Kara Blosser's strike took a diving save by Hannah Daly to keep out of the goal at 43:56. Off the ensuing corner kick, Ariela Schreibeis had a shot from the right side of the box that Daly pushed out with her fingertips. UNC cleared the ball out and the half ended 1-0 in favor of UNC.

The Tar Heels ended the first half with a 9-4 edge in shots. Each team took one corner kick in the first half.

Carolina took a 2-0 lead with 26:33 left in the match as Courtney Jones crushed a shot from 22 yards out into the upper left 90 of the frame for her fourth goal of the season. After a corner kick was cleared out by the NC State defense to beyond midfield, Rachel Givan tracked the ball down and served it to Elizabeth Burchenal at the top of the box with her back to the goal. Burchenal chested the ball down to Jones and with an opening she powered the ball into the back of the net.

Carolina made it 3-0 with 18:40 left in the match as Rachel Wood scored her second goal of the season on a header off a corner kick by Meghan Klingenberg. Emmalie Pfankuch earned the corner kick for the Tar Heels and Klingenberg sent her corner kick to the far post where Wood powered it into the upper left part of the frame.

State almost scored just a little over a minute later but Ariela Schreibis' shot was turned away by Anna Sieloff when it appeared it might sneak into the upper left corner. Sieloff had come on at halftime in goal for UNC in the Tar Heels' regular goalkeeper rotation.

The Tar Heels outshot the Wolfpack 19-6 on the night and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Hannah Daly finished with three saves for Carolina and Anna Sieloff had one. Kim Kern made eight saves for the Wolfpack.

The Tar Heels return to the pitch next Friday when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a tough ACC road matchup with Virginia. The Cavaliers are currently ranked No. 6 by Soccer America and No. 9 by the NSCAA. The Wahoos are 7-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC as they prepare to host top-ranked Boston College Sunday.