CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Senior midfielder Crystal Dunn picked up where she left off last year, scoring a pair of second half goals to power top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-0 win over ninth-ranked Santa Clara as part of the Klockner Classic.
Dunns goals came off assists by Kealia Ohai and Summer Green, respectively, in the 59th and 89th minutes. Bryane Heaberlin came off the bench at halftime and made three big second saves to finish off the combined shutout with starter Anna Sieloff.
Dunn put the Tar Heels ahead at 58:27 as she finished inside the near left post from 12 yards out after taking a pass from Kealia Ohai. Off a throw in, Ohai gathered in the ball and dribbled past a defender, feeding Dunn inside the left side of the box for a strong finish by Dunn. The Tar Heels added the insurance goal with 4:07 to play when Dunn took a pass from Summer Green and scored from 15 yards out. Green got behind the Santa Clara defense on the right side and fed the ball to Dunn whose shot was knocked down by Santa Clara goal keeper Andi Tostanoski but she was unable to keep it from going into the back of the net as the spinning ball handcuffed her.
Heaberlin made three saves in the second half for the Tar Heels, the most crucial on a header by Sofia Huerta from in close with 32:57 to play. The sophomore goalkeeper also made a save on a shot by Huerta with 8:30 to play off a direct kick after the Tar Heels were called for a foul in a dangerous area. Tostanoski made six saves for Santa Clara, none bigger than the one on a close in shot by Paige Nielsen with 13 minutes to play that kept Santa Claras deficit at a single goal.
Despite outshooting Santa Clara 9-1 in the first half and enjoying a 5-0 edge in corner kicks, the Tar Heels had to settle for a scoreless tie with the Broncos at halftime. Carolina had several good chances to score in the half, the first coming from Kealia Ohai in the 11th minute but her shot from 12 yards out went wide left. With 28:11 left in the half, Crystal Dunn had a shot from 22 yards out in the center of the pitch but Andi Tostanoski went to her knees to make the save for SCU.
The only shot of the first half for Santa Clara came with 24:10 when Brittany Ambroses strike from the top of the box went high. UNC would get two more excellent looks before halftime. Summer Green had the best chance of the half but from 25 yards her shot sailed high over the bar. Caitlin Ball then had an 18-yard shot with 3:05 left go high as most of UNCs first half opportunities came from distance.
Carolina outshot the Broncos 17-5 on the game and finished with a 9-0 edge in corner kicks.
The Tar Heels will return to action on Sunday at noon to play the VCU Rams in the second day of action at the Klockner Classic.
North Carolina will open its home season against the New Mexico Lobos next Friday at 5 p.m. as part of the Nike Carolina Classic at Fetzer Field. The game will be webcast live on GoHeelsTV.
N.C. State mens tennis announces schedule
NC State mens tennis head coach Jon Choboy announced the 2013-14 fall and spring schedules Friday. The Wolfpack is scheduled to participate in six tournaments throughout the fall before kicking off the dual season in early January.
The fall season will open with State participating in the Duke Fab Four Invitational, Sept. 13-15, at Cary Tennis Park in Cary. The Pack will also send representatives to the UVA Ranked + 1, ITA All-American Championships, ITA Carolina Regionals, Alabama Invite and ITA National Indoors. Representatives from State will also compete as individuals at the Atlantic Tire Challenge, USA Futures F28 in Birmingham, Ala., and the USA Futures F2 in Sunrise, Fla.
The Wolfpack is slated to face 13 opponents throughout the spring that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Team Championships and will host 14 dual matches at home.
We are very excited about another very challenging schedule, Choboy said.