Top 10 Roundup
No. 1 UNC's coach earns 750th career win, No. 2 Virginia wins
No. 1 North Carolina 2, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Top-ranked North Carolina got goals from Paige Nielsen and Kealia Ohai to ease past 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech 2-1 on Thursday night before 1,406 fans at Thompson Field. It was the ACC women's soccer season opener for both teams.
Carolina opened its ACC season with the victory and improves to 7-0 overall heading into a matchup Sunday against No. 8 Notre Dame at Fetzer Field. Virginia Tech fell to 5-1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC.
The victory was the 750th of UNC head coach Anson Dorrance's coaching career as he improved to 750-49-29 in 35 seasons at the helm. He also coached the Tar Heel men's team to 172 wins from 1977-88 so his combined win total now stands at 922 career wins.
Carolina garnered a first-half goal by Paige Nielsen and a second-half goal by Kealia Ohai and held off a late Virginia Tech rally to preserve the win. Jazmine Reeves scored off a corner kick for the Hokies in the 87th minute and then UNC goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin made a save on a header in the box by Murielle Tiernan with just 18 seconds left in the game as the Hokies continued to press the issue.
The Tar Heels outshot the Hokies 8-4 in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at intermission. Dayle Colpitts had four first half saves for the Hokies, stopping a pair of shots by Crystal Dunn and one each by Cameron Castleberry and Kealia Ohai.
The Ta Heels outshot the Hokies 14-7 and had edge in corner kicks 11-5. Colpitts had a season-high seven saves for Virginia Tech.
No. 2 Virginia 3, Syracuse 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 2 Virginia opened conference play with a 3-0 victory against Syracuse on Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (7-0, 1-0 ACC) completed a perfect seven-game homestand with the win, while the Orange (4-3, 0-1 ACC) suffered a loss in their inaugural ACC match.
Sophomore forwards Makenzy Doniak and Brittany Ratcliffe each had a goal and an assist, and junior midfielder Morgan Brian added a pair of assists to lead the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers added a third goal in the 70th minute, keeping alive their streak of scoring in every half this season. Brian's through ball sent Doniak in behind the Orange defense. Instead of shooting on her one-on-one chance with the keeper, she delivered a cross to Ratcliffe to tap in her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Overall Virginia outshot Syracuse 16-4 in the game and had an 8-3 corner kick advantage. First-year Morgan Stearns made a season-high three saves in goal for the Cavaliers to record her third shutout of the season. It was fifth shutout overall for the Virginia defense this season, including the fourth consecutive clean sheet. Brittany Anghel made one save in goal for the Orange.
No. 4 Florida State 0, No. 7 Wake Forest 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- In the lone top-10 contest on the opening night of ACC play across the league Thursday night, No. 4 Florida State (5-0-2) played to a scoreless draw against No. 7 Wake Forest (5-0-1) inside Spry Stadium to earn a key point on the road.
It marked the first tie for the Seminole all-time in an ACC opener and the second tie against the Deacs in Winston Salem. It was also the third scoreless draw played between these two schools and the first since an ACC Tournament showdown in Cary, N.C. back in 2006.
Florida State finished the match out shooting Wake Forest 10-3 while the Seminole defense limited the Demon Deacons to just one shot in the final 65 minutes of play including holding MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate Katie Stengel without a shot in 110 minutes of action.
The Seminoles registered the game's first scoring chance in the fourth minute when Carson Pickett sent a through ball to Brynjarsdottir that split the Demon Deacon defense. The Icelandic native took one touch before firing a shot on goal but Wake keeper Aubrey Bledsoe came in with a diving save to break-up the opportunity.
Wake's lone shot of the game came in the 16th minute when Ally Berry's shot from the right side of the pitch was saved by Wys on the near post.
The second half was a mirror image of the first 45 minutes as both teams combined to take just four shots with the Seminoles recording three.
Florida State attempted the only two shots in overtime with one in each of the two overtime periods. In the 96th minute, Brynjarsdottir send a header wide of the left post on a cross from Megan Campbell.
Yulie Lopez registered the final shot of the game in the 108th minute as her shot in the second overtime when wide of the left post from about 14 yards out.
No. 6 BYU 0, Oregon 0
EUGENE, Ore. -- TNo. 6 BYU played Oregon to a 0-0 stalemate on the road Thursday night.
The Cougars and Ducks held each other scoreless in 110 minutes at Pape Field. It was BYU's second road test of the year. In its first road contest, the team beat LSU 4-2 on Sept. 2.
The Cougars (4-0-1) held Oregon (2-4-1) without a shot on goal until the 76th minute, but the Ducks put five shots on the goal the rest of the game and outshot the visitors 19-16 overall.
BYU managed just one shot in the two overtime periods, while Oregon took five and had another two corner kicks.
Cloee Colohan, Rachel Manning, Ella Johnson, Paige Hunt and Annie Amos each played all 110 minutes for the Cougars, while Kyleigh Royall started her first game of the year and played a season high 71 minutes. Ashley Hatch led BYU in shots with six, while she put four of those on frame. Colohan had three shots and two of those on goal, while Colette Jepson Smith took two shots and put one on goal.
Erica Owens only had to make four saves, but the defense was tested with Oregon's 19 shots and 11 corner kicks. Oregon was the second consecutive Pac-12 opponent BYU has faced. It defeated Utah 1-0 last Friday night.
No. 8 Notre Dame 3, North Carolina State 1
RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 8 Notre Dame defeated North Carolina State Thursday night, by a final score of 3-1 at Dail Soccer Field. Shelli Spamer opened the scoring with a free kick in the sixth minute but the Fighting Irish responded with three consecutive goals to earn the victory.
Notre Dame's offense was very aggressive throughout the match, outshooting NC State by a 22-8 margin and recording nine shots on goal compared to four for the Wolfpack.
NC State opened the scoring very early in the match, shocking the visitors to take the lead in the sixth minute.
The Irish would take their first lead of the match in the 27th minute when Karin Simonian found the back of the net. Following a nice pass from Crystal Thomas, the goalscorer from earlier in the half, Simonian was able to just slot her far-post attempt past Stelljes to put Notre Dame ahead.
Notre Dame pressed again in the late stages of the match and was able to add one more goal to its total in the 75th minute when Mandy Laddish lifted a floating ball over the Wolfpack defense onto the stride of Sammy Scofield.