The Tar Heels routed the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, 4-0, to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Heels attacked fast, and attacked early to dispatch the Wolverines in another dominant victory at Dorrance Field.
The Heels got on the board right away, when a through ball from Emily Fox and an Alessia Russo pass into the box found the right-foot of Freshman Isabel Cox to give the Heels the early lead in the 6th minute. Later in the first half, a run by Madison Schultz into the box drew a foul, which set up Lotte Wubben-Moy to take the Penalty Kick. Lotte’s initial shot was saved, but she put the ball in the back of the net off of the rebound to put the Tar Heels up 2-0 in the 36th. At the half the Heels held an 11-3 shot advantage on the Wolverines.
UNC struck again right at the start of the second half, when passes from Brianna Pinto and Alessia Russo, led Isabel Cox on a run-out where she placed a shot just inside the far post for her second goal of the game in the 50th minute. In the 67th minute, Emily Fox found Alexis Strickland on the wing where she laced a cross into the box where it found the head of Zoe Redei, who scored and put the Heels up 4-0.
The Tar Heels shutout win over Michigan, extends the shutout streak at Dorrance Field this season to 12 games, as the Heels are yet to concede a goal at home. The next game for UNC will be the last of the season at Dorrance Field on Friday November 29th at 6 PM as the Heels look to earn a trip to the Final Four against USC.
By Joshua Gupton