UNC wins ACC opener, drops NC State
Roundup: Speese two goals lift Florida past Missouri
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Fifth-ranked North Carolina improved to 21-2-1 all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference openers Friday night, scoring the last five goals of the game to beat NC State 5-1 before a soggy crowd of 1,327 at Fetzer Field. Five different goal scorers led the way for UNC (6-1, ACC 1-0) while Emmalie Pfankuch recorded assists on a pair of goals.
The Tar Heels outshot the Wolfpack 22-5 and had a marked edge in corner kicks 10-2.
T-9 Florida 2, Missouri 0
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A goal late in each half by Annie Speese gave the No. T-9 Florida (6-2, 0-0 SEC) a 2-0 win Friday over Missouri (7-2, 0-0 Big 12), ranked No. 24 in the most recent Soccer America poll. The loss was the first for the Tigers since their season opener.
The only score of the opening half came late. Holly King intercepted a Missouri clear attempt just inside the Tiger half and tapped it forward to Jo Dragotta. Dragotta sent it forward to Speese just inside the 18-yard box circle and continued her run through the box. But Speese saw her opportunity and sent a 19-yard shot to the upper slot for her first collegiate goal at 43:00.
“Jo played me the ball. I was running at the backline and they just kept dropping. Originally I was looking for teammates making runs and they were all making runs,” Speese said. “But the defenders kept dropping so I had a wide open shot so I just took it.
“It was pretty exciting,” she continued. “I’ve had plenty of chances this season so it felt good to finally get one in.”
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.