No. 12/8 Suffers First Loss Of The Season Against No. 18/14 North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. - After playing four matches without allowing a goal, the Marquette women's soccer team (3-1-1) was handed its first loss of the season as North Carolina defeated the Golden Eagles, 4-0, in the Duke/Nike Classic held on Duke's campus Friday evening.
"Of course we are disappointed in the result," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We gave a good effort but playing from behind is tough against as strong of a team as Carolina. The first goal was early and came out of a mistake on a set play by us. The goal right after halftime took all of our good intentions away for a comeback. We will learn from this, make some adjustments and be stronger from it moving forward. One positive is that our entire squad got some valuable playing time."
The Tar Heel's (3-1-1) scored just five minutes into the contest on a long ball that found its way into the back of the net.
In the 12th minute, junior Maegan Kelly took a shot on goal, but it was saved. Kelly took her second shot of the game in the 28th minute, but it sailed wide right. Kelly's shots in the first period were the only two MU took in the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sofie Schunk tallied three saves in the first period. She played 62:25 and totaled four saves. Freshman Amanda Engel made her collegiate debut and played 27:35 in goal and allowed one goal and had two saves.
UNC's second goal came just 45 seconds into the second period as Summer Green notched a left footed goal from outside of the box. Green also accounted for the third goal, which came in the 57th minute and sailed into the back corner of the net.
The Golden Eagles could not control the ball as North Carolina's offense took nine shots in the second period. The final goal for the Tar Heels came from a penalty kick in the 70th minute.
UNC took 15 total shots, while holding Marquette to just two. MU's bench earned playing time as 23 different Golden Eagles saw time on the field on Friday. Freshman Shalese Miller also made her collegiate debut.
The Golden Eagles will get back to work and face host school, No. 6/4 Duke on Sunday afternoon. Kick-off is slated for 12:30 p.m. CT.