Nov. 3, 2010

Courtesy of UNC Athletics

CARY, N.C. -
Third-ranked North Carolina jetted to a 4-0 lead 71 minutes into the match and then had to withstand a furious late rally by Virginia Tech to prevail over the Hokies 4-2 in the ACC Women's Soccer Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at Wake Med Soccer Park. The Tar Heels advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament Friday to play either Wake Forest or Florida State at 5 p.m.

Four different Tar Heels scored Wednesday including the first three goals on the scoreboard by freshmen. Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai both had a goal and an assist for the Tar Heels while junior forward Courtney Jones had two assists.

The top-seeded Tar Heels jumped on top just 22 second into the match as Kealia Ohai scored her 13th goal of the year off assists by Crystal Dunn and Courtney Jones. Dunn fed a nifty through ball to Ohai who gathered it in at the top of the box and finished into the left side of the net. The Tar Heels extended their lead to 2-0 at the 26:03 mark as Dunn tallied her fifth goal of the season. Courtney Jones sent a through ball to Dunn just inside the 18 and Dunn pounced on it, took a couple of dribbles and rocketed it into the right side of the net.

UNC finished the first half with an 8-2 edge in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

The second half would be slightly different as the Hokies outshot the Tar Heels 6-4 in the second 45 minutes. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech (10-9-1) it fell behind 4-0 before it began to chip away at UNC's lead with some strong thrusts at the goal in the last 17 minutes.

Carolina made it 3-0 at 49:13 when freshman Meg Morris scored her first career goal off assists by Alyssa Rich and Kealia Ohai. Rich took a pass from Ohai and one-touched past the Hokie defense to the onrushing Morris, who moved to forward to start the second half. Morris took the ball on the left side, controlled it on the break and finished from the top of the box for a spectacular goal. The Tar Heels appeared to clinch the game when they went up 4-0 at 70:37 on Emmalie Pfankuch's second goal of the campaign. Pfankuch's goal was assisted by sophomore midfielder Ranee Premji. Pefankuch took a through ball from Premji on the righ side on a fast break and finished from the top of the penalty area past Hokie goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts.

Virginia Tech did not go gently into the good night however as the Hokies struck back quickly, tallying at 73:56. The goal was scored by Katie DeTuro, her second of the season, off an assist by Marika Gray. After a pass into the box, DeTuro turned and finished into the left side. Just 4:01 later, Julia Goldsworthy scored for the Hokies off an assist by Kelly Conheeney. The goal came from at the top of the 18-yard box off a corner kick. It was the first goal of the season for Goldsworthy.

UNC ended with a 12-8 shot advantage and both teams had three corner kicks. Colpitts had four saves for Virginia Tech and Hannah Daly had three saves for Carolina.

Carolina improved to 58-0-3 in ACC Tournament play with the win and it is now 2-0 all-time against Virginia Tech in ACC Tournament action.