North Carolina women’s soccer team defeats Miami 4-0

From News ReleasesSeptember 22, 2013 

— Crystal Dunn notched the first hat trick of her career as the No. 5 North Carolina women’s soccer team ended its two-match losing streak by defeating Miami 4-0 Sunday at Cobb Stadium.

Dunn’s hat trick was the first hat trick by a Tar Heel since Courtney Jones scored three goals against Duke in 2010.

Summer Green scored the other goal, converting a penalty kick with 4:07 left in the match.

UNC (8-2, 2-2 ACC) outshot the Hurricanes (6-3, 1-3) 22-2 in the match and had a 10-1 edge in shots on goal.

The Tar Heels outshot the Hurricanes 9-1 in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime.

Dunn’s first goal, her seventh goal of the year, Dunn came after she won possession about 25 yards out, dribbled to her left to the top of the box and struck a hard, low shot from 18 yards into the lower right side of the net.

Katie Brown assisted on Dunn’s second goal at 63:39, and Paige Nielsen and Satara Murray assisted on Dunn’s third goal at 70:07.

The Tar Heels will continue their road trip Thursday when they play at ACC newcomer Pittsburgh. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN3 and will mark the first meeting in history between the Tar Heels and the Panthers.

Duke 2, Syracuse 2: The 16th-ranked Blue Devils could not hold onto a 2-0 halftime lead at Syracuse.

It marked the first meeting in school history for the two squads. The draw moves the Blue Devils to 4-4-2 overall and 1-2-1 in ACC play, while Syracuse is now 4-5-1, 0-3-1.

Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare scored for the Blue Devils (4-4-2, 1-2-1 ACC).

Weinberghas 36 goals and 93 points, each ranking third all time in school history.

Duke held a 17-11 edge in shots for the match, including 11 attempts on goal. DeCesare led the way with six shots, and Weinberg added five.

Goalkeeper Ali Kershner made five saves over 110 minutes of play for the Blue Devils.

Duke will next host top-ranked Virginia on Thursday at Koskinen Stadium. The match will be televised live on the ACC Digital Network.

FSU 1, N.C. State 0: The Wolfpack defense did an admirable job against the No. 3 Seminoles, not yielding a goal until a well-placed free kick in the 87th minute.

“I’m proud of our team,” Wolfpack coach Tim Santoro said. “It was a great defensive performance. We had a game plan and I thought our girls were magnificent.”

N.C. State (6-4-0, 1-3-0 ACC) allowed 29 shots, but many were taken from more than 18 yards. Redshirt freshman Mackenzie Stelljes of Charlotte was solid in goal, tying her career high with eight saves.

“Mackenzie was good, but even more so than her was our back line,” Santoro said. “We were so tight defensively that we forced a lot of their shots to be from long range. Mackenzie made a couple of good saves, but our back line was just magnificent.”

Florida State improved to 8-0-2, 3-0-1 in the ACC.

Meredith 3, LaGrange 0: Meredith won its fifth consecutive game with a shutout over USA South foe LaGrange.

After a scoreless first half, Meredith wasted no time early in the second half, with Samantha Siomkos scoring in the 51st minute.

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RICHMOND, Va. – The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team scored early and often Sunday afternoon at Virginia Commonwealth en route to a 6-0 victory over the host Rams. Playing at Cary Street Field, the Tar Heels stayed undefeated with the shutout, improving to 8-0 on the season. VCU fell to 2-5.

“We had a very fast start,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “I’m always pleased when the Tar Heels are able to score early, and today we got two goals in the first five minutes. A start like that really sets the tempo.”

Junior Loren Shealy scored the gamewinner in the fourth minute of play, deflecting in a ball from sophomore Emma Bozek. Thirty-two seconds later, Shealy helped make it 2-0, driving into the circle and sending a ball to the cage, where junior Abby Frey tipped it in from the left side. In the 16th minute, freshman Lauren Moyer scored on a pass from junior Charlotte Craddock to put UNC up 3-0.

In the 28th minute, freshman Kristy Bernatchez scored the first of her two goals on the day, grabbing a rebound and putting it past VCU goalkeeper Megan Botteri to make the advantage 4-0.

In the 31st minute, on one of six first-half penalty corners, sophomore Nina Notman sent a hard shot into the goal, assisted by sophomore Emily Wold on the stick stop and graduate student Janne Grove on the push-in.

Two minutes before halftime, Bernatchez got her second goal of the day to put the halftime score at 6-0. That would remain the final, as the Tar Heels didn’t score on any of their eight second-half shots, four of which were on-goal and saved by Botteri.

“In the second half, I felt like we came out flat,” Shelton said. “And I give VCU credit – they came out with a lot more intensity and played really hard and were able to hold us scoreless in the second half. “

UNC finished with 26 shots to VCU’s seven. The Rams got off five shots in the second half, when goalkeepers Sassi Ammer and Rosie Wood combined for all four saves in the game. Freshman Shannon Johnson started at keeper, but did not see a shot on goal in the first half.

Carolina totaled eight penalty corners, while VCU had four.

“Today’s win was a good team effort,” Shelton said. “We played unselfishly and moved the ball around to earn some nice goals.”

Next up for the Tar Heels is an Atlantic Coast Conference battle with No. 9 Duke. The Blue Devils visit Henry Stadium on Friday for a 6 p.m. game.

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DURHAM, N.C. – Five different Blue Devils registered goals as the ninth-ranked Duke field hockey squad topped Radford, 6-0, in non-conference action Sunday, Sept. 22 at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

Duke (6-2) outshot the visiting Highlanders 37-2 for the contest, with eight different players combining for 19 shots on goal. The six goals marked the highest scoring output of the season by the Blue Devils, while the 37 shots were the most by a Duke team since the program tallied 38 in a 10-1 win over Appalachian State Oct. 25, 2008.

“I thought today we came out taking much better care of the ball,” said head coach Pam Bustin. “One of the things we wanted to improve from Friday were our basic skills. I thought we were more deliberate and a lot more disciplined in how we took care of the ball both on our stick and in the passing game.”

Senior Brenna Rescigno struck first for the Blue Devils, converting on a penalty corner opportunity in the fifth minute of the match. Redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi found junior Jessica Buttinger open at the back post just a few minutes later to quickly make it a 2-0 Duke advantage.

The Blue Devil defense and midfield continued to create offensive opportunities throughout the first period, setting up a pair of goals off of penalty corner opportunities. Graduate student Cherry Seaborn punched in a touch from Rescigno in the 18th minute and sophomore Hannah Barreca made it 4-0 in Duke’s favor just before the end of the half.

At the break, the Blue Devils led in shots by a 17-2 margin and in penalty corners, 7-0.

“Coming from a disappointing game on Friday, what we did really well was not let that faze us,” Seaborn said. “We really came out hard from the start … The [37 shots] shows that we’re getting up and getting the shots off and converting on corners as well.”

Strong outlet passing and aggressive play up front resulted in Duke’s fifth goal at the 23:53 mark in the second half, as Gagliardi scored off of a pass from freshman Hunter Bracale. An own goal by Radford following a great run downfield by freshman Heather Morris capped the 6-0 Blue Devil victory.

Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand and junior midfielder Abby Beltrani finished with two assists each on the day while Gagliardi and Bracale each had one.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing picked up the win, posting one save in the contest, while senior Ashley Camano also saw time in the cage during the second half. Sidney Encarnacion and Jillian Lates split time in goal for the Highlanders, recording nine and two saves, respectively.

“We’re still working on a lot of things,” Bustin said. “I thought today gave us the opportunity to put more people in different positions so we could work on some of our structural things like our pressing ideas and some of our outlet ideas. And I though the entire team did a great job on staying disciplined and practicing those formations.”

Up next, Duke opens ACC play Friday, Sept. 27 when it makes the short trip to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina at 6 p.m.

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Duke Falls to Vanderbilt at Collegiate Challenge Cup

Merkulov Claims 2up Match Play Victory

Sunday, Sept. 22

KINGSTON SPRINGS, TENN. -- Senior Yaroslav Merkulov recorded a 2up win over Spencer Ciesla Sunday as Duke dropped a 4-1 match play tilt to Vanderbilt on the final day of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup at the Golf Club of Tennessee. The SEC won four of the five match play matches over its ACC foes.

Merkulov opened the day with a birdie on the par 3 10th hole to go 1up. The Penfield, N.Y., native suffered a pair of bogeys over the next eight holes, while Ciesla added a birdie to grab a 1-up advantage. Merkulov recovered to card wins on No. 18, No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 to go 3up with six holes remaining. Ciesla claimed wins on No. 4 and No. 7 before Merkulov grabbed a par win on No. 9 for a 2up victory.

Motin Yeung dropped a 2&1 decision to Hunter Stewart, while Turner Southey-Gordon fell by the same margin to Charlie Ewing. Southey-Gordon played one-under golf on the day but could not overcome three straight birdies by Ewing on No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. Yeung grabbed an early lead in his match before slipping to 3down with five holes remaining. He grabbed wins on No. 5 and added a birdie on the par 5 seventh hole to move within one hole before Stewart closed out the match with a par on No. 8.

Junior Michael Ricaurte dropped a 2up decision to Matthias Schwab. He started well with a birdie on No. 10 and maintained the lead throughout the opening nine holes of play. The COlumbus, Ohio, native dropped the first two holes of the second nine and another on No. 7 to fall back to 2down with two holes remaining. He responded with a birdie on par 3 eighth hole before Schwab closed him out with a par win on No. 9

Max Greyserman, a freshman from Short Hills, N.J., maintained an early lead in his match before falling 4&2 to Ben Fogler. He opened with a birdie on No. 10 and retained a 1up lead through seven holes. Greyserman dropped three straight holes to fall to 2down and never got any closer in his first career collegiate match play competition.

Tennessee topped Wake Forest, 3-2, while Mississippi State defeated Boston College by the same margin. Georgia rolled over Clemson 5-0. Virginia claimed the ACC's lone victory with a 3-2 win over Texas A&M.

Duke returns to action Oct. 12-13 with the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club. The Blue Devils have claimed medalist honors at their home event in each of the past two seasons.

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Women Golfers Finish 6th At Mason Rudolph Invitational

FRANKLIN, Tenn.- The North Carolina women's golf team shot a 4-over-par 292 in the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship and finished in the sixth spot with a 17-over 881 total. Sophomore Samantha Marks was the only Tar Heel to shoot a subpar round Sunday with a 1-under 71. Junior Maia Schechter also carded a 71 Sunday, competing as an individual this week. Katherine Perry, a senior from Cary, N.C., was the low Tar Heel for the tournament with a 4-over 220.

Perry finished in a tie for 22nd place in the individual race after recording a 1-over 73 in the final round. She shot 1-over on the front nine with one bogey before shooting a 36 on the back with one birdies and one bogey. Scottsdale, Ariz., native Jackie Chang finished with a 4-over 221 for the tournament after a 4-over 76 on Sunday. The senior carded three birdies, five bogeys, and one double-bogey on the par-3 3rd and finished tied for 24th. Sophomore Elizabeth Mallett from Sutton Coldfield, England, shot a 38 on the front nine with one birdie, one bogey and one double-bogey and 1-over on the back with a birdie and two bogies to finish with a 3-over 75. Mallett ended tied for 29th with 6-over 222. Marks, of Maitland, Fla., carded a birdie and bogey on the front nine to shoot a 36 before birding her last two holes to shoot a 9-over 225 for the tournament, ending in a tie for 38th. A freshman from Antwerp, Belgium, Leslie Cloots finished her second collegiate tournament with a final-round 1-over 73. She carded three bogies and two birdies, including a finishing birdie on the 18th to end 10-over 226 in a tie for 41st. Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., finished in a tie for 32nd in the individual race with a 7-over 223 total. Schechter shot a solid round with three birdies and two bogies.

UCLA shot a blistering, single round record 11-under 277 Sunday to finish 14-under 850 and won the team championship out of fifteen teams. The Bruins tied their own single round record set in 2008. The Sun Devils from Arizona State finished 20 shots behind the Bruins with a 6-over 870 tournament total after starting the day only five strokes behind. Host Vanderbilt and the Duke Blue Devils both finished in third with 12-over 876 totals after 3-over 291 totals on Sunday. NC State took fifth with a 16-over 880, just one stroke ahead of the Tar Heels. Auburn, Alabama, Michigan State, and Kentucky rounded out the top 10.

Bruins’ Erynne Lee won with a 7-under 209 total after starting the day in second place. Fellow teammate Alison Lee started the day in fourth and finished in second with a 6-under 210 total. Augusta James of NC State fired a 72 on Sunday to finish in third, four strokes behind the champion. Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow finished in fourth after an even-par round Sunday to finish with a 2-under 214. These four players were the only ones to finish the tournament under par. Tied for fifth with even-par 216s were Simin Feng, Brittany Marchand, Liz Nagel, and Marta Sanz of Vanderbilt, NC State, Michigan State, and Auburn, respectively. Vanderbilt’s Kendall Martindale, Baylor’s Hayley Davis, Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez, and Duke’s Yu Liu rounded out the top 10, each tied for ninth with 1-over 217 finishes. Overnight leader Elizabeth Brightwell of Virginia was disqualified in the final round and finished in last place. She started the day at 5-under, two strokes ahead of Erynne Lee and James.

The 54-hole event was played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course, a par 72 course with a 6,337-yard layout. The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill in three weeks for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 11-13 at Finley Golf Course.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Augusta James and Brittany Marchand registered top-5 finishes to lead the North Carolina State women’s golf team at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Tennessee this weekend. The Wolfpack finished fifth in the team standings in a tournament featuring 11 nationally-ranked teams.

After shooting a 72 on Saturday, James (-3) posted another even par round to finish with a 54-hole score of 213. Marchand (E) carded consecutive rounds of 71 to finish with an even par 216 for the weekend. UCLA’s Erynne Lee (-7) was the individual medalist, followed by teammate Alison Lee (-6).

North Carolina State (+16) finished four shots behind host school Vanderbilt and Duke, who were each +12. The Wolfpack did hold off North Carolina by one shot to maintain fifth place. UCLA (-14) won the tournament by 20 shots and tied a tourney record on Sunday with a team round of 277.

Following James and Marchand were Ana Menendez (+6), Vivian Tsui (+13) and Caroline Ellington (+22).

NC State will return to action Oct. 11-13 when it plays in the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill.

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Blue Devils Close Mason Rudolph in Tied Third Overall

September 22, 2013

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team continued to move up the leaderboard as the Blue Devils closed the 2013 Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday at the 6,337-yard, par 72 Vanderbilt Legends North Course in Franklin, Tenn.

After starting the first day with an 18-hole total of 296 that was tied eighth, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 289 and 291 over the final 36 holes to close the weekend with a 54-hole total of 876, which was tied for third overall. UCLA earned the team title with a 14-under-par. 850, while Arizona State (870), Vanderbilt (876), Duke (876), N.C. State (880), North Carolina (881), Auburn (885), Alabama (895), Michigan State (896) and Kentucky (899) rounded out the top 10.

Competing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Yu Liu turned in a 54-hole ledger of 217 to pace the Blue Devils with a tied ninth placement. Since 1989, Liu became just the 11th Duke freshman to open her career with a top 10 finish. Liu, who is out of Beijing, China, rolled in a birdie on the par five seventh hole, while totaling 17 pars to finish the weekend with a one-under-par, 71.

Senior Alejandra Cangrejo carded a four-over-par, 76, on Sunday on her way to placing tied 18th with a three-day ledger of 219. Cangrejo, a product of Bogota, Colombia, had a slow start to her round on Sunday with a bogey, par, double-bogey and bogey over her first four holes. She regrouped to play the next eight holes at one-under-par with a birdie on the seventh hole. Overall, Cangrejo played her final 14 holes at even par as she suffered a bogey on No. 13.

Totaling a tied for 22nd finish with rounds of 76, 71 and 73 was senior Laetitia Beck. Beck, who is from Caesarea, Israel, Beck registered three bogeys and two birdies on the day, including birdies on No. 9 and No. 18.

Sophomore Celine Boutier rebounded over her final two days to shoot rounds of 73 and 72 on her way to closing tied 41st overall with a 226. A product of Montrouge, France, Boutier held a one-under-par score through 10 holes as she notched nine pars and a birdie on the par five seventh. She ran into trouble on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as she suffered bogeys on all three. Boutier closed strong with a two-under-par ledger over her final five holes with birdies on No. 15 and No. 17.

Rounding out the Duke lineup was freshman Sandy Choi with rounds of 76, 77 and 75 as she placed tied 46th overall. Playing as an individual, junior Irene Jung tied for 55th with scores of 72, 82 and 76 for a total of 230.

As a team, the Blue Devils led the field with a total of 64 pars and were seven-under-par on the par five holes over the weekend.

Duke will next compete in the Tar Heel Invitational from Oct. 11-13 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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ATHENS, Ga. - The NC State women’s tennis team completed play at the Bulldog Classic on Sunday, capping off their first tournament of the fall season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Junior Nicole Martinez and junior Sophie Nelson each earned singles victories for the Wolfpack, to bring the total number of matches won by State over the weekend to ten.

Martinez was victorious in singles play for the second straight day, defeating Hailey Grillo of South Florida, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6), while Nelson earned the Wolfpack's other win of the afternoon, defeating Faith Atiso of Old Dominion, 6-1, 6-1.

Senior Joelle Kissell, who won a combined four matches on Friday and Saturday, fell to No. 3 ranked player in the nation - Georgia's Lauren Herring - by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Christy Sipes and Elisha Hande both had a tough go of it on Sunday, facing stiff competition as well.

Sipes dropped her match to No. 14 Maho Kowase, 6-1, 6-3 while Hande fell to No. 60 Silvia Garcia, 6-1, 6-2.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Senior Sean Weber and junior Robbie Mudge each posted singles victories on Sunday, as the NC State men’s tennis team completed play at the UVa Ranked + 1 Invitational.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mudge overwhelmed Hunter Koontz of Virginia Tech, 6-4, 6-0, while Weber won his match in a decisive third set, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, against Carlos Benito of Georgia Tech.

In the orange draw, sophomore Simon Norenius fell in three sets to 33rd-ranked Rafael Aita of UNC Wilmington, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, while freshman Nick Horton fought hard but fell to Virginia’s JC Aragone, 7-5, 7-6, in his third-place match in the blue draw.

Up next, the Pack will send representatives to play in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., beginning Sept. 28.

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Raleigh Sports Club:

Our guest speaker on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 is former ECU head football and NFL assistant football coach, Steve Logan. Logan is currently a radio football analyst for WRALsports 99.9 The Fan.

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