Second-Half Surge Lifts No. 6 UNC Over Yale 6-0
Oct. 8, 2006
NEWTON, Mass. - No. 6 North Carolina broke open a 2-0 game against Yale with four second-half goals, picking up a 6-0 win in a neutral-site game at Boston College's Newton Campus Field Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels (11-4), a perennial top-five team with four NCAA titles and 15 ACC championships, were coming off an impressive 4-0 win over No. 4 BC on the very same field Saturday. This was their seventh shut out of the season, but it did not come without a battle.
After two early UNC goals, including one by Karen Mann and one on a penalty stroke by Brooke Miller, the Bulldogs settled in. Freshman goalkeeper Charlotte Goins came on in relief of senior Elizabeth Friedlander 17 minutes into the game and made four saves while holding UNC scoreless for the remainder of the half.
Yale (3-8, 2-1 Ivy) got its first shot on goal shortly after North Carolina made it 2-0, but UNC goalkeeper Brianna O'Donnell made the save on freshman forward Ashley McCauley. O'Donnell, the Under-21 National Team goalie, stopped a shot by junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer later in the period. She would finish the game with five saves, lowering her goals-against average for the year to 0.98.
"We had some great runs and great attack with Lindsay (senior forward Lindsay Collins), Harriet and Heather (senior midfielder Heather Orrico)," said head coach Pam Stuper. "If we had gotten one of those, we could have had UNC sit back and maybe make a few more mistakes."
Friedlander went back in for the second half, but the Tar Heels put the game away with a flurry of goals early on. Jesse Gey scored 27 seconds in, then Mann scored a pair within a minute to complete her hat trick and improve her team-leading goal total to 13. Britt van Beek's tally at the 48 minute mark ended the scoring.
Goins came back out for the game's final eight minutes. She finished with six saves while Friedlander had nine.
"At the end of the game, (UNC head coach) Karen Shelton told me `You have an enthusiastic, hard-working team'," Stuper said. "When they get up here in 2008 she said they would love to schedule us again, which is a great compliment to our program."
The Bulldogs, who have now faced two top-20 teams and four teams that are also receiving votes in the national poll, return to Ivy League play next Saturday at Harvard (Noon).
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity