Junior Danielle Forword scored a career-best four goals Saturday as the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team opened its season with a 6-0 win over No. 9 Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, played at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium.
Senior Britt van Beek added a goal on a penalty stroke and redshirt freshman Elizabeth Stephens chipped in the first of her career as the Tar Heels kicked off the season with a victory over the Wolverines for the sixth straight year.
"Dani played really well, but it was also great team effort overall," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "Everyone got to play. We played a really up-tempo game, and I think it set a great tone for the season."
The Tar Heels will take on Iowa at 2 p.m. today.
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NO. 3 WAKE FOREST 3, NO. 5 IOWA 2: After giving up two goals to fifth-ranked Iowa, Wake Forest fired back with three consecutive goals in the second half to take a victory over the Hawkeyes to kick off the season.
Today, the Deacons (0-1) will host Michigan (0-1).
The Deacons turned up the heat during the second half, becoming more dominant in possession and aggressive with shooting. Senior Minou Gimbrere added the first goal of the day for the Deacons five minutes into the second half, capitalizing on a penalty corner from Melissa Martin. Less than three minutes later, Raisa Schiller found the ball near the right corner of the goal and flicked it to a waiting Martin on the left side who knotted the score with a solid shot.
Hilary Moore posted the winning goal when she found a cross from Minou Gimbrere in a chaotic rush at the net and tapped the ball past Iowa keeper Lissa Munley.
NO. 17 LOUISVILLE 1, NO. 12 DUKE 0: Nicole Youman got Louisville on the board first with a goal five minutes into the second half, and the host Cardinals made it stand in defeating the Devils (0-1) in the Champions Challenge tournament in Louisville, Ky.
N.C. STATE MATCH POSTPONED: The Saturday night men's soccer match between N.C. State and Mercer was postponed due to heavy rain and lightning.
The match has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. today at N.C. State Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
JOHNS HOPKINS 3, MEREDITH 0: The Angels (1-1) were outshot 24-4 in losing to Hopkins (2-0) at Salem, Va.
EMORY & HENRY 2, PEACE 0: Nikki Greco and Katelyn LePore scored goals to lead Emory & Henry over host Peace in its season-opener.
OREGON 3, UNC 0: The Tar Heels (0-2) dropped their second consecutive straight decision, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19, at the State Farm Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill.
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH THIRD DEGREE SPORTSWEAR INVITATIONAL: N.C. State (0-4) dropped two sets by a combined four points in a tough 3-0 loss to Central Michigan during its final match in Richmond, Va. Earlier, Kansas (1-1) swept the Wolfpack.
KANSAS STATE 3, DUKE 0: Led by a combined 28 kills from Rita Liliom and Natalya Korobkova, Kansas State got past Duke 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 at the Mortar Board Premier in Holloway, Ind.
ST. ANDREWS 3, ST. AUGUSTINE'S 0: Middle blocker Galina Podolsky ripped 11 kills to lead St. Andrews past the Falcons 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 in the Wingate University Invitational in Cuddy Arena.