Two second-half goals power UNC past Radford in NCAA first round
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Second-half goals by Amber Brooks and Crystal Dunn powered North Carolina to a 2-0 victory against Big South Conference champion Radford Saturday at Fetzer Field in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament.
The No. 2-seeded Tar Heels improved to 11-5-2 on the season with the victory. Radford's season ended at 14-3-4. The Highlanders' 17-match unbeaten streak was ended by the Tar Heels Saturday.
The Tar Heels dominated the game statistically, outshooting the Highlanders 29-3 and taking 13 corner kicks to zero for Radford.
Freshman Summer Green took a shot on the left side of the box that was blocked by the defense, but Amber Brooks seized the loose ball and powered it into the back of the frame at 57:22. It was her seventh goal of the season and her third game-winner of the campaign. The goal ended a scoreless streak of 660:07 minutes by the Highlanders' defense. They had last surrendered a tally on Oct. 13 in a one score tie against Winthrop.
The Tar Heels tacked on an insurance goal in the 73rd minute of play. Alyssa Rich played a through ball to Crystal Dunn who dribbled into the box on the right side and shot into the far post.
Che Brown played all 90 minutes in goal for the Highlanders and she finished with a career high 11 saves. Her previous career high was 10 versus Liberty in the Big South Conference semifinals. Radford entered the match with the third best shutout percentage in Division I, the fourth best save percentage and the 10th best goals against average.
UNC utilized two goalkeepers in the game. Senior Adelaide Gay played the first 76:48 and made one save while freshman Bryane Heaberlin played the final 13:12 and kept the Tar Heels' shutout intact.