Sept. 9, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Yale showed it could play with sixth-ranked North Carolina for the first three-quarters of Sunday's game, but the Tar Heels scored on a penalty kick midway through the first half and added three more goals in the final 15 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory before a crowd of 1,299 on the second day of the Nike Carolina Classic.
"I thought we played well and battled very hard," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "Everyone got a chance to play so this will serve as a learning experience. It will make us better as the season moves forward."
Carolina opened the scoring at 31:48 when Allie Long tallied on a penalty kick. Mandy Moraca was taken down from behind in the left side of the box, and Long stepped up and powered the penalty kick into the lower left side for a 1-0 UNC lead.
In the 73rd minute, the Heels extended their lead to 2-0 on the first goal of the season by Jessica Maxwell. Yael Averbuch took a corner kick from the right side that went far post where Maxwell was able to chest the ball to the ground and then pounce on it and jam it in the back of the net.
Carolina got another goal on a similar corner kick opportunity by Averbuch at 86:43. Averbuch's kick this time went near post where Allie Long headed it past Sumiyasu.
The Tar Heels finished off the scoring at 88:53 as Casey Nogueira dribbled a ball up the left side on a break, deked her defenders and then nailed a ball far post from the 20-yard line that glanced off the outstretched fingers of Sumiyasu before settling into the side netting.
The Bulldogs will head to Oregon next weekend for the Portland Invitational. Yale plays Washington on Friday and then meets Portland on Sunday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity