Another chapter was written in college sports’ greatest rivalry on Sunday, as the North Carolina Tar Heels Women’s Soccer Team took on the Duke Blue Devils. 4,215 fans were packed into the new UNC Soccer stadium to watch the Tar Heels defeat Duke 2-0.
The Tar Heel attack was relentless in the first half. Aleigh Gambone and Bridgette Andrzejewski both came close to putting the Tar Heels on top in the 26th and 27th minutes of the game, both recording shots on goal that garnered diving saves from Duke goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn. In the 45th minute, Freshman forward Alexis Strickland put Carolina on top 1-0 going into the half, off of assists from Hallie Klanke and Lois Joel. Strickland, about her goal, said “I was back post, they did a couple of passes and passed it through to Hallie [Klanke] and she crossed it over and I headed it one time in the bottom-right corner. It was amazing.” The Tar Heel defense continued to play well in the first half, coming off of their stellar defensive performance against Indiana, allowing just one shot in the first half and zero shots on goal.
The Tar Heel defense remained stout in the second half, preventing the Duke attack from registering a shot on goal. In the 76th minute, a cross into the box by defender Morgan Goff resulted in a Duke own goal, giving the Heels a 2-0 lead that they would take to the end of the 90 minutes. The next game for the UNC Women’s Soccer team will be on Thursday August 29th, when they travel to take on Washington University. The Heels will be back in Fetzer on September 12th, against Wake Forest.
By: Joshua Gupton