North Carolina women's soccer team beats Duke 3-0

kcoons@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2013 

— North Carolina has long been noted for its depth in women’s soccer, and Thursday night the Tar Heels again proved worthy of their reputation.

Cameron Castleberry and Brooke Elby came off the bench to score goals, and Summer Green added a penalty kick as No. 4 UNC blanked No. 25 Duke 3-0 at Fetzer Field.

It was the ninth consecutive time the Tar Heels beat their rivals, dating to the 2005 season. But UNC (16-3, 10-3 ACC) had to wait on the Notre Dame-Florida State late result to learn whether it will be the second or third seed in the ACC tournament, which begins Sunday.

Duke (8-7-4, 5-5-3) dropped to the seventh seed in the tournament and will travel to either Florida State or UNC on Sunday.

It was the first goal of the season for both Castleberry, a freshman from Ravenscroft School, and Elby, a junior.

“We’ve always tried to play a deep roster,” UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. “But Brooke Elby has been an important part of the program since she got here,” while Castleberry showed “world-class speed,” according to Dorrance.

“To have two kids who don’t score much stick one in the net is huge,” he said.

Duke coach Robbie Church said he was “in shock” at the result, as the Tar Heels thoroughly dominated the Blues Devils, outshooting Duke 19-2 – 16-1 in the first half. It was a season low in shots for Duke. Thomas finished with four saves, while Bryane Heaberlin, UNC’s second-half goalkeeper, had one.

“I know we were ready for Carolina,” said Church, whose Blue Devils saw a five-game unbeaten streak end. “But give Carolina credit. They came out and intimidated us.”

Castleberry scored in the 37th minute, 33 seconds after entering the game. Hanna Gardner’s throw-in deep in the Duke end was flicked on by Kelly McFarlane, and Castleberry took two touches to control the ball before beating Duke goalkeeper Meghan Thomas with a high shot from 15 yards.

UNC didn’t have to wait as long for its second goal. Elby converted from 18 yards 1:31 into the second half after Megan Brigman’s cross was relayed by Green on the left side.

Green added her seventh goal in the 72nd minute after she was taken down in the penalty area and converted her fourth penalty kick in as many attempts.

UNC was missing central defender Caitlin Ball, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s overtime victory against Wake Forest. But the Tar Heels kept the Blue Devils at bay, with Brigman getting the start and Gardner moving inside.

“You don’t see many teams that pressure like Carolina,” Church said. “Their first-line players pressure you and pressure you, then they bring in fresh players, and their depth is so good, so good.”

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