Oct. 25, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina

CORAL GABLES, FLA. –  Miami’s Beverly Goebel scored an unassisted goal just past the 80 minute mark of the mark to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 women’s soccer victory over second-ranked North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium.  The Tar Heels went 0-2 on their Florida swing this weekend after also losing 3-2 in double overtime at Florida State last Thursday.
 
Miami now has as many wins against North Carolina as any ACC school has compiled in history as Miami improved to 2-5 against Carolina.  Florida State and Duke also both have two wins against Carolina.
 
The loss drops the Tar Heels to 12-3-1 overall and 5-3 in the ACC.  Miami improved to 8-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the ACC.
 
North Carolina outshot the Hurricanes 13-11 and had a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.  Ashlyn Harris played all 90 minutes in goal for the Tar Heels, making three saves.  Vikki Alonzo made two saves for the Hurricanes as only two of UNC’s 13 shots in the game were on frame.  Carolina’s best chances to score came when Maria Lubrano hit the cross bar with a shot midway through the first half and when Casey Nogueira hit the post with a shot just a couple of minutes before Miami scored the winning goal.
 
This is the fourth straight game in which Miami and North Carolina have played to a 1-0 result.  It is Miami’s second straight win over UNC at Cobb Stadium. The Hurricanes also beat UNC there 1-0 on September 30, 2007.
 
The three ACC losses equal the most in history for UNC in a single season and it is only the second time in history UNC has lost more than one game in ACC play in the same season.  The 2000 team finished 4-3 in the ACC but did go on to win the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament championships.
 
The back-to-back losses in the ACC are the first for UNC since 2000 and this marks on the second time in history UNC has lost back-to-back ACC games.  Florida State beat Carolina 3-2 in double overtime on October 17, 2009 and then 10 days later the Tar Heels lost at Winston-Salem against Wake Forest 1-0.
 
It is only the sixth time in history UNC has lost back-to-back games regardless of opponent.  UNC has never lost three games in a row.
 
The Tar Heels will try to bounce back into the win column when they face Clemson Thursday at 7 p.m. in UNC’s final regular-season home game of the 2009 season.