Oct. 3, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior captain Danielle Forword scored the gamewinner in the 13th minute of play and the second-ranked North Carolina field hockey team went on to a 3-0 win over host Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at Kentner Stadium. UNC improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with the win, Carolina's eighth consecutive shutout. The fourth-ranked Demon Deacons fell to 7-3 overall, 1-2 in ACC play.

"It was a great win for the Tar Heels," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "I was thrilled with our penalty corner execution and also was pleased with our defensive intensity."

All three goals came off of penalty corners. Forword's goal, her ninth of the season, was a direct hit assisted by senior Riley Foster and junior Katelyn Falgowski. The score was UNC's only one of the first half, despite leading 11-0 in shots and 7-0 in penalty corners. "The first half was a little bit of a chess match, with both teams trying to figure each other out and playing a little bit tentative," Shelton said. "I was happy to have a one-goal lead at halftime."

The Tar Heels' second goal came 12 minutes into the second half, when freshman Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany deflected in a ball from senior Melanie Brill to score her eighth goal of the season and put UNC up 2-0.

Brill notched her team-high 15th goal of the season in the 61st minute, converting on another penalty corner with assists from Falgowski and junior Elizabeth Drazdowski.

Junior goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer earned the shutout for UNC, making four saves, including three in the second half when Wake had five of its six shots. "Jackie was called upon today and she was solid and steady," Shelton said. "Our team defensive effort was very good and I'm excited that we continue to improve at that end. It's not just the goalkeeper and the backs, it starts with the forwards, and the midfielders have played great defense, too. We've been able to put pressure on teams."

UNC returns to action at Francis E. Henry Stadium next Saturday with an 11 a.m. game against ACC-rival Boston College.

No. 2 North Carolina 3, No. 4 Wake Forest 0
Scoring: UNC - Danielle Forword (Riley Foster, Katelyn Falgowski), 12:42; UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany (Melanie Brill), 47:06; UNC - Brill (Elizabeth Drazdowski, Falgowski), 60:26
Shots: UNC 16 (11/5), WFU 6 (1/5)
Penalty corners: UNC 12 (7/5), WFU 3 (0/3)
Goalkeeper saves: UNC 4 (Jackie Kintzer, 4, 70:00); WFU 4 (Kaitlyn Ruhf, 4, 70:00)

UNC starters: Jackie Kintzer, Illse Davids, Riley Foster, Melanie Brill, Kelsey Kolojejchick, Elizabeth Drazdowski, Caitlin Van Sickle, Meghan Dawson, Danielle Forword, Katelyn Falgowski, Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany
UNC substitutes: Teryn Brill, Charlotte Verstraten, Taryn Gjurich, Katie Ardrey, Katie Plyler, Kelsey Brinkman, Elizabeth Stephens, Jen Slocum, Casey Burns, Louise McNutt