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UNC women’s soccer shuts out Duke

A little more than a week ago, Emily Bruder did not have a goal for the North Carolina women’s soccer team.

Now she’s the Tar Heels’ top scorer.

For the second game in a row, the sophomore forward came off the bench to power a pair of goals, leading sixth-ranked UNC to a 3-0 shutout Sunday of archrival Duke at Koskinen Stadium.

On the previous Sunday, Bruder got the first two goals of her UNC career to beat Pittsburgh 2-1.

Bruder said she asked her coaches what she needed to do to get more playing time. They told her to improve her shooting.

“Honestly it’s been one of my weaknesses during the season,” she said. “I’ve been working on my shooting more and more. I feel like before I was too frantic, trying to get the shot off too quickly.”

Bruder took six of UNC’s 15 shots Sunday, matching Duke’s total by herself. All of hers were on goal.

Her flick header in the 27th minute, off a free kick from the corner by Katie Bowen, helped UNC (10-2-1, 7-0 ACC) to a 1-0 halftime lead.

“They said I needed to work on my heading because I should be better because of my size,” the 5-foot-9 Bruder said.

After starting the second half, Bruder got her fourth goal of the season in the 57th, finishing off passes from Joanna Boyles and Paige Nielsen with a 15-yard shot from the left side.

“Originally I was not going to start her (for the second half),” UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. “But I didn’t have the lineup right.” So he moved forward Summer Green to the midfield and inserted Bruder up front as a reward for her work.

Bowen would get the assist on UNC’s third goal when yet another substitute, freshman Alex Kimball from Chapel Hill High, headed in her first career goal in the 75th off a 35-yard free kick. Substitutes have accounted for 11 of UNC’s 22 goals this season.

Duke coach Robbie Church said the difference was UNC’s ability to capitalize.

“We created opportunities, but unfortunately we didn’t finish those opportunities,” he said. “When we made mistakes, they put our mistakes in the back of the net.”

The victory extended UNC’s mastery over Duke (7-7-1, 3-3-1) in the series. The Tar Heels are 37-2-1 all-time against their rivals, and if they needed any more motivation, they got it in the form of a personal loss.

Dorrance’s mother Peggy died at age 87 eight days ago, and the players wore black armbands in tribute Sunday.

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