No. 14 North Carolina upsets No. 8 Marquette in 4-0 shutout
DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Paige Nielsen scored her first career goal and fellow first-year player Summer Green scored a pair of goals as No. 14 North Carolina defeated No. 8 Marquette 4-0 before a crowd of 1,972 fans at Koskinen Stadium.
North Carolina improved to 3-1-1 on the season and has now won three games in a row. Marquette dropped its first match of the season and is now 3-1-1. The Tarheels have not allowed a goal in 557 minutes since surrendering a tally to Portland in the fifth minute of play in the team’s season opener.
One moment of distress for UNC came in the 16th minute when starting defender Caitlin Ball had to leave the game with a leg injury. Her status for Sunday’s game against San Diego is yet to be determined.
Carolina outshot the Golden Eagles 15-2 and for the second consecutive game did not allow a shot in the second half. The Tar Heels also led 5-0 in corner kicks.
The Tar Heels got what would prove to be the eventual game-winning goal in the sixth minute of play on a set piece. After a foul by Marquette, UNC midfielder Meg Morris kicked the ball downfield where Amber Brooks pushed it to the top of the penalty box. Paige Nielsen finished the play, scoring her first career goal.
Marquette’s only shot on goal came in the 13th minute as Maegan Kelly’s volley from the left side of the box was blocked by UNC goalkeeper Adelaide Gay.
Less than a minute into the second half, UNC striker Summer Green gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead. Midfielder Kelly McFarlane intercepted a defensive clearance which helped Green take control and send a shot from 20-yards over Schunk’s outstretched hands. It was Green’s second goal of her freshman season.
In the 55th minute, Green found the goal again off a pass from Ranee Premji from eight yards out.
The Tarheels got their last goal at the 70:40 mark as Amber Brooks scored on a penalty kick. Marquette reserve goalkeeper Amanda Engel, who came on with 27:35 to play, got her fingertips on the ball but it banged off the right post and in for the score.
UNC head coach Anson Dorrance was able to play a full roster with 22 players seeing a minimum of 15 minutes of action. Three Tar Heel goalkeepers shared the shutout with Gay going 45 minutes, Anna Sieloff 28:40 and Hannah Daly 16:20. Sofie Schunk started in goal for Marquette and made four saves. Amanda Engel went the last 27:35 and made two saves.