NEWTON, Mass. For the third straight year North Carolina and Boston College fought it out in womens soccer, and the result was the same as the previous two, a 1-0 win for the No.4 Tar Heels (12-2, 6-2 ACC).
Senior Kelly McFarlane notched her first goal of the season for the Tar Heels at 64 minutes, 48 seconds. McFarlane broke free on the right side and after a precision dribbling by Crystal Dunn took the pass and buried a shot from 12 yards out into the lower left side netting past Boston College goalkeeper Alex Johnson.
Boston College fell to 7-7, 4-5.
• Duke (5-6-3, 2-4-2) netted a key road ACC victory with a 2-1 win against Maryland (7-7-0, 3-5-0).
• Host N.C. State was edged by visiting Clemson, 1-0 on a Tabitha Padgett shot.
The Duke womens team received its second preseason No.2 national ranking, this time from the Sporting News College Basketball magazine.
The Blue Devils were also No. 2 in the Lindys Magazine preseason poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Sports preseason magazine.
Connecticut was No. 1 overall; North Carolina was No.8.
Duke senior Chelsea Gray and junior Elizabeth Williams are on The Sporting News first team preseason All-America Team.
• The host N.C. State women used double-digit kills from four players to snap Dukes 10-match winning streak and hand the squad its first conference loss of the season, 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21).
Junior Dariyan Hopper headlined a strong offensive output for the Wolfpack (14-4, 5-1 ACC) with a match-high 18 kills and a match-best .484 attacking percentage.
• N.C. Central defeated S.C. State 3-1 (25-21, 28-26, 19-25, 25-22). Junior Dasha Brown earned her third kill/dig double-double of the season, leading the Eagles with 12 kills and 12 digs.
Duke sophomore Motin Yeung had his first top-10 finish of the season after recording a final-round 70 for a third-place team finish at the Rod Myers Invitational, hosted at the Duke University Golf Club. The Blue Devils posted a final-round 287 (-1) to conclude the event with a one-over 865, 11 shots behind winner Northwestern.
North Carolina finished fifth at 6-over-par 870. Freshman Davis Bateman was fifth with a 5-under 211.
The third-ranked Duke team took the team title for the 12th time at the Tar Heel Invitational, carding a 54-hole total of 857 to win by 11 strokes in Chapel Hill.
N.C. State finished 12th and North Carolina 16th.
Duke redshirt junior Cale Hammond captured his first singles title as the Blue Devils wrapped up the final day at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational.
Hammond took the first set of the B2 singles final against UNC Wilmingtons Santtu Leskinnen (6-4), then won a second-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (3).
Sophomore Josh Levine advanced to the A1 title match with three straight wins, but fell to Max Kan, 6-3, 7-5.
• N.C. State sophomore Thomas Weigel and freshman Ian Dempster won the consolation doubles final over Wake Forests Sam Bloom and Jon Ho, 8-7 (5).
In singles of the A2 draw, Weigel was edged by Penn States Alex Fennell in a third set tiebreak, 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7).
N.C. State beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in a 10-inning scrimmage behind a 2-for-3 performance from newcomer Bubby Riley and 14 strikeouts from Wolfpack pitchers.