Aug. 22, 2010

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Alyssa Rich scored in the fifth minute and Kealia Ohai and Brittani Bartok added second half goals as top-ranked North Carolina turned in a workmanlike effort in defeating Michigan State 3-0 at Aggie Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels improve to 2-0 on the season after also beating No. 8 Texas A&M Friday 3-0. MSU falls to 1-1.

UNC dominated play throughout, outshooting the Spartans 25-3 and earning 13 corner kicks to two for Michigan State.

The Tar Heels got a balanced scoring effort with Alyssa Rich scoring the game-winner and then assisting on the first insurance goal. Ohai earned her first career goal to provide the Heels with the initial separation and then Bartok finished off the scoring off an assist by freshman Elizabeth Burchenal, her first career point.

Anna Sieloff started in goal, going 74:29 while sophomore Hannah Daly played the final 15:31. Neither goalie faced a shot on goal. Jill Flietstra went the whole way for Michigan State and made nine saves.

The shutout was Carolina's second of the season. UNC has now posted shutouts in 29 of its last 39 matches and given up only 14 goals over the last 3,642 minutes and 16 seconds of play dating back to October 30, 2008.

The Tar Heels started off the scoring less than five minutes in when junior forward Courtney Jones took a ball with her back to the goal outside the 18-yard box, turned and dribbled past her defender on the left side and sent a low cross to an unmarked Alyssa Rich. Rich, a sophomore striker, split her defenders and one-timed the ball in from the three-yard mark to put the Heels up 1-0.

Carolina doubled its lead with 39:47 left in the second half as Kealia Ohai scored her first career goal off an assist by Alyssa Rich. Rich took a throw in on the left side of the pitch near the corner flag. Ohai gathered it in just inside the box, maneuvered past two defenders and top shelved her shot from the two-yard line.

The Tar Heels extended their lead to 3-0 with 16:14 left in the match on a goal by junior forward Brittani Bartok. Freshman Elizabeth Burchenal fed a ball to Bartok about 25 yards out. Bartok used her speed to split two defenders, and slid a ball to the far left post from about 15 yards out, easily beating the keeper in the 1v1 situation. The goal was the sixth of the weekend for UNC, all by different goal scorers.

The Tar Heels will next be in action Friday and Sunday next weekend in the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field. On Friday, 24th-ranked Duke will tussle with Missouri at 4 p.m. to be followed by a match between No. 1 Carolina and No. 2 Stanford at 6 p.m. That will be a matchup of the 2009 NCAA championship game which was won by the Tar Heels 1-0 over an unbeaten and untied Stanford side.

The doubleheader Sunday will feature the Cardinal and the Blue Devils in an 11 a.m. start followed by UNC versus Missouri, the 2009 Big 12 regular-season champion.