Sept. 26, 2009

Courtesy of Duke

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Duke was overwhelmed by second-ranked North Carolina today, suffering its worst loss of the season, 7-0. Duke surrendered several goals early and failed to create enough offensive changes to get back into the game.

North Carolina outshot Duke 23-3 and had nine corners while the Blue Devils had none. Junior goalie Samantha Nelson and freshman goalie Micaela Paterson split time in goal, collectively recording eight saves. North Carolina picks up a point towards the Carlyle Cup, and now leads 3-0 in the all-sports competition.

The Tarheels looked sharp from the beginning, scoring in the first minute of play off a goal from freshman forward Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany off an assist from senior defender Melanie Brill. Brill looked like she was going to line up for a shot off a penalty corner, but she dished a pass off to Radvany that was tipped high over Nelson, who was outstretched across the goal mouth.

North Carolina scored off another penalty corner opportunity in the 13th minute. The Blue Devils stopped the initial threat, with sophomore midfielder Rhian Jones blocking a shot and recording a defensive save. The ball rebounded off Jones and right to North Carolina midfielder Kelsey Kolojejchick, who slipped it past Nelson.

Sophomore forward Charlottle Verstraten scored the third goal of the game for North Carolina at the 18:32 mark. Verstraten lofted a hard shot from the back of her stick into the high right corner of the cage.

Junior midfielder Katelyn Falgowksi notched a goal in the 28th minute, the fourth score of the game for the Tarheels. Falgowksi took the ball up the right side of the circle and flicked a shot that caught the left side of the cage.

Nelson had an excellent save with six minutes left in the half, swatting away a shot from junior forward Jen Slocum, keeping what looked like another North Carolina goal off the board.

Kolojejchick tallied her second goal of the game with only a minute left in the first half. It was on another penalty corner that the Tarheels took advantage of. Nelson initially made a great save, but the ball deflected off her pad and right to Kolojejchick, who slotted it into the cage to give North Carolina the 5-0 lead.

North Carolina scored two more goals in the second half, both off of corners. Senior Danielle Forword scored in the 42nd minute and Brill scored in the 44th minute off a shot that deflect off senior defender Lauren Miller’s stick.

Paterson took over in the second half, recording three saves, one off a corner that she dove to swat away from the cage.

Duke will be looking to bounce back immediate, taking on New Hampshire tomorrow at 1 p.m. on Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.