DURHAM — For the second straight game, sophomore midfielder Zach Mathers scored a crucial second-half goal as he helped the Duke Blue Devils to a 2-0 soccer victory Sunday against Northeastern in the John Rennie Nike Classic. Duke, finishing 1-0-1 on the weekend, captured the tournament crown with Mathers collecting MVP honors.
Mathers broke open a scoreless tie in the 72nd minute when freshman Seo-In Kim served a ball across the top of the penalty area. Jimmy Doll smartly dummied the ball to a wide-open Mathers who put it past Northeastern goalie Dylan Faber. The goal was the second of the weekend for Mathers, and Kim and Doll registered their first collegiate points.
• Coastal Carolina’s match at North Carolina was postponed by weather. The match is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday.
• Senior forward Kealia Ohai had a goal and an assist to lead North Carolina to a 3-0 home victory against Kennesaw State. The Tar Heels finished the weekend 2-0 in the Carolina Nike Classic, 4-0 on the season.
Sophomore Paige Nielsen had the game-winning goal for the Tar Heels in the last minute of the first half. The Tar Heels outshot the Owls 20-2 and used 24 players in the game.
With the exception of goalkeeper Lindsey Harris, the other 23 Tar Heels on the roster saw at least 15 minutes in the match.
• The 12th-ranked Duke team registered its third shutout of the season as the Blue Devils downed New Mexico 1-0 in the UNC Nike Classic in Chapel Hill.
Duke improved to 3-1 on the year and notched a third 1-0 victory of the season, while New Mexico fell to 1-3.
Duke got on the board in the 20th minute as senior Mollie Pathman fired a cross in from the left side to senior Kaitlyn Kerr. Kerr blasted a shot that bounced off New Mexico keeper Cassie Ulrich. Kerr grabbed the rebound and one-timed it into the back of the net for her first goal of the season and 24th of her career.
• N.C. State recorded its second straight shutout, defeating East Tennessee State 3-0 at home.
Making just her second career start, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes posted her second shutout in as many games and made five saves for the Wolfpack.
Top-ranked North Carolina scored eight goals in the first half and coasted to a 10-0 win against Villanova in a neutral-site game played at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Field.
Senior Janne Grove and sophomores Casey Di Nardo and Nina Notman scored two goals each, and Loren Shealy, Emily Wold, Sinead Loughran and Emma Bozek added a goal apiece.
“I thought we played a very unselfish game,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “We moved the ball well all over the field and created great scoring chances.”
UNC, ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll, is 2-0 heading into next weekend’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Tar Heels will play Michigan and the host Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa.
• Freshman forward Heather Morris recorded the first points of her collegiate career, posting a hat trick in only her second game to lead the Duke Blue Devils past Drexel 4-1. The win capped a 2-0 weekend by Duke in its opening games. .
The Blue Devils outshot the visiting Dragons 12-7 and led in penalty corners by a 5-1 margin. Coach Pam Bustin’s squad also placed nine of its 12 shots on goal, and limited Drexel (1-1) to one shot on goal.