No. 2 North Carolina Tops No. 16 Maryland, 4-0 In ACC Women's Soccer Semifinals.
Nov. 8, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels collected a 4-0 victory over No. 16 Maryland in the ACC women's soccer semifinals at Florida State on Friday night. The No. 1 seeded Tar Heels advance to the ACC title match for the 16th consecutive year having won the title the last 14 years. North Carolina (16-1-4) will face Clemson (14-6-0) on Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Maryland, which stands at 12-7-1, will await fate of its NCAA Tournament berth, when the bids are announced on Monday, Nov. 11. The NCAA Tournament selection show will air live on ESPNEWS at 4:30 p.m. The Terps are hopefully of being selected as a home site for the first and second rounds which will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 17.
North Carolina jumped on top as Susan Bush scored 18:11 into the match. She collected a loose ball and shot it far post into the lower right corner of the net as Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) came out the net on the loose ball situation.
Just two minutes after the UNC goal, Maryland had its best scoring chance of the first half off a Lindsay Givens' (Downingtown, Pa.) throw-in. Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) booted a shot off the crossbar then Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) grabbed the rebound and shot it wide.
Senior Dana Jarzyniecki (Rochester, N.Y.) had two of the Terps' other four shots in the first half including a good opportunity with just over eight minutes left in the half where she shot the ball high over the net.
With just 47 seconds left in the half, Ludwig rifled a shot off a UNC defender and it hit into the outside of the right side of the net resulting in a Maryland corner kick. UNC was able to clear the ball out and finished the half with a 1-0 lead.
North Carolina outshot the Terps 13-6 in the first half, but Maryland outworked the Heels and won many 50-50 balls. Defenders Lindsay Givens, Kristin McHugh (Gaithersburg, Md.). Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Lindsay Niehaus (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued their hard work in front of Barnhill.
Early in the half, Barnhill made a key point blank save 9:09 into the match on Anne Morrell from inside the box. Barnhill made another save on a header by Maggie Tomecka 13:28 into match.
In the second half, UNC came out fast and jumped the score to 2-0 as Anne Morrell completed a set piece that began with an Alyssa Ramsey corner kick just two-and-a-half minutes into the half at the 47:23 mark. Morrell punched the loose ball that bounced around inside the Maryland box as the Terps were unable to clear the ball out.
The Tar Heels continued to pour on the pressure as they recorded the first 12 shots of the second half.
North Carolina built the lead to 3-0 as Elizabeth Ball notched her first goal of the season on a play that began with Ramsey corner kick once again. Anne Felts was credited with an assist on the goal that came at 72:23.
The Heels quickly came back for their second goal in under two minutes as Kacey White scored off a pass from Mary McDowell to make the score 4-0 with 15:48 left in regulation.
For Maryland Barnhill finished with seven saves for the third time this season, equaling her career high.