Soccer Notebook

UNC women's soccer team has plenty of goalkeepers

CorrespondentSeptember 18, 2012 

When you’re talking about goalkeepers, one might not be enough. But is three too many?

That’s the dilemma facing North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance these days, and he has decided to rotate three keepers for now. Senior Adelaide Gay and junior Amy Sieloff had been splitting time in goal for the first six matches, and all they did was to allow one goal between them while racking up five combined clean sheets.

That rotation changed when prized freshman Bryane Heaberlin returned from the Under 20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, where she backstopped the U.S. team to the gold medal.

In last weekend’s road games, Dorrance started Gay against Maryland and Sieloff against Virginia. Heaberlin played the second half of both matches. That will be the format going forward, with Gay getting the nod Thursday night against Virginia Tech and Sieloff in the starting lineup the following week against Florida State. They will continue to alternate, with Heaberlin spelling both in the second half.

Dorrance often has alternated goalkeepers during his tenure, which has produced 21 national championships and 20 ACC titles. But juggling three should prove interesting for the Hall of Fame coach.

U20 update: Most of the other ACC players who competed on the U.S. team in Japan have been assimilated back into their respective lineups. UNC’s Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn started both weekend games, and Ohai had the UNC goals in a 2-2 tie at Virginia.

Duke’s Mollie Pathman played 70 minutes off the bench in a 1-0 loss to Florida State, then started and logged 71 minutes in a 3-2 overtime win at Miami.

Florida State defender Kassey Kallman played every minute of the No. 1 Seminoles’ 1-0 victories over Duke and Wake Forest. And in her first game back, Wake’s Katie Stengel tied a school record with her 36th career goal in the Deacons’ 1-0 victory over Miami. Morgan Brian of Virginia, after sitting out a 4-0 rout of N.C. State, started and recorded an assist in the Cavaliers’ tie with UNC.

The only World Cup player yet to appear for her ACC team is Duke’s Kelly Cobb. She said last week that she needed some time to catch up on her class work and would miss the Florida State game. But a knee problem kept her from traveling to the Blue Devils’ game last Sunday at Miami.

U17 update: The Under 17 Women’s World Cup gets under way in Azerbaijan on Saturday when the U.S., led by UNC freshman Summer Green, plays France. The U.S. team is coached by Albertin Montoya, who was an All-ACC midfielder at N.C. State in 1994 before transferring to Santa Clara. The U.S.-France match begins at 6 a.m. in Lankaran and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Double duty: That was not a typo in the Duke score sheet from Friday’s 2-0 win over Clemson. Saves, James Belshaw, Duke, 6. Goals, James Belshaw, Duke, 1.

Yes, Duke’s All-ACC goalkeeper netted his first career goal in the Blue Devils’ ACC home opener. The goal came on a penalty kick in the 71st minute after Zach Mather had his shot blocked on the goal line and Clemson was whistled for a handball.

“I took my first (penalty kick) last year and missed,” Belshaw, a senior from Nottingham, England, told Duke sports information. “It feels good to finish one. Coach (John Kerr) asked me if I still wanted to take one. I think I was on my last chance, but I scored it so hopefully I’ll be on them from now on. It’s nice to get a goal.”

Belshaw, who also shut out Georgia State 3-0 last week, was named the ACC Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Looking ahead: There are two heavyweight ACC women’s matches on tap this week. No. 18 UNC (4-2-2, 0-1-1 ACC) hosts No. 8 Virginia Tech (9-0, 1-0), and No. 5 Duke (7-2, 1-1) entertains Maryland (6-2-1, 2-0). Also on Thursday, N.C. State (5-5, 0-2) has a nonconference home date with Boston University.

On Thursday, the area men’s teams will be back in ACC action. Duke (3-3, 1-1) will visit No. 16 Wake Forest (3-1-2, 0-0-2), No. 17 N.C. State (6-1, 0-1) travels to Clemson (1-4-2, 0-1-1), and No. 8 UNC (4-1-1, 1-0-1) hosts Virginia (3-2-1, 1-0).

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