Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Amber Brooks broke a 1-1 tie on header in the 50th minute and Crystal Dunn scored two goals as the third-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team defeated James Madison 3-1 Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament at Fetzer Field. The victory improves the Tar Heels' 2010 ledger to 19-2-2 and Carolina has earned a third round NCAA date with Notre Dame this coming Saturday at 5 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

James Madison, champion of the Colonial Athletic Association, saw its season end at 15-7-1 but not before giving the two-time defending NCAA champion Tar Heels all they could handle in the opening 45 minutes. UNC outshot the Dukes 6-4 in the first half and the teams went to intermission deadlocked at 1-1. The second half would be a different story, however, as UNC outshot the Dukes 13-0 in the second frame, scoring twice and putting constant pressure on the JMU goal.

North Carolina outshot the Dukes 19-4 on the afternoon and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Senior Diane Wszalek had six saves while allowing three goals for the Dukes while UNC goalkeeper Hannah Daly finished the day with one save and one goal allowed. Wsalek was at her best in the first half when after giving up a goal to the Tar Heels in the seventh minute she went on to make four saves in the half while her teammates earned the equalizer.

Crystal Dunn, who had the game-winner last Friday in UNC's first-round win over Jackson State, struck early again in the match against the Dukes. Kealia Ohai dribbled deep to the end line through the right of the UNC penalty area and played a ball through the box to Dunn who turned and fired the ball into the top left corner from about eight yards away. The goal came at the 6:11 mark and was Dunn's seventh goal of the 2010 season.

The Tar Heels kept steady pressure on the James Madison goal but the Dukes earned a tying tally at 29:36 on the a counterattack. Hannah Daly came out of the penalty area to try to clear a ball out of danger but Amalya Clayton got there first for James Madison and redirected the ball back to Lauren Wilson who scored into the empty net from 30 yards away. It was the eighth goal of the season for Wilson.

The Dukes had two more good looks at the goal before halftime with Daly making a save on a one-on-one look in the box by Wilson and then Teresa Rynier sending a shot just high before halftime.

UNC regrouped at halftime and the game took on a different form in the second 45 minutes. The Tar Heels got on the board with the game-winner less than five minutes into the second extra session. The scoring play actually began deep on the defensive end with freshman Kelly McFarlane clearing a dangerous ball out of the box when the James Madison side had numbers forward. About 30 seconds later the Tar Heels had the ball in the goal at the other end of the field. Kealia Ohai controlled the ball and pushed it forward on the left side to Meghan Klingenberg. The senior midfielder kept possession and in the far left corner and send an arcing cross into the middle of the box where Amber Brooks ran on to it and buried a header into the lower right corner from four yards away. The goal came officially at 49:32 and was the seventh of the season for Brooks.

The Tar Heels got an insurance goal at 64:22 with Dunn getting her second tally of the day. There was a flurry of activity in the box with shots by Kealia Ohai and Alyssa Rich being blocked by the defense. Eventually Klingenberg was able to redirect the ball from the left side of the box to Dunn who finished into the left side netting from about 10 yards away for her eighth goal of the season.

With the win, the Tar Heels keep alive their streak of having advanced to at least the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the 29th successive year. UNC will play host to Notre Dame in the NCAA third round at Fetzer Field next Saturday at 5 p.m. It will mark the fifth successive year in which the Tar Heels and Fighting Irish have faced each other in the tournament with UNC having won three of the past four in NCAA play. Notre Dame did knock out the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field in the NCAA third round in 2007 by a 3-2 score. The Fighting Irish advanced by beating Southern California 4-0 Sunday in Notre Dame, Ind.