Sept. 16, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 7 North Carolina picked up a 5-1 victory over the NC State women’s soccer team Friday night from Fetzer Field.
Nearly 15 minutes went by with neither team registering a shot on goal until Wolfpack freshman Julia Sandridge lofted a shot that caromed off the cross bar. The ball went immediately to a hard-charging Stephanie Bronson and she calmly placed her shot into the lower-left corner past the outstretched arms of keeper Adelaide Gay at the 14:42 mark.
The goal was Bronson’s third in the last two games, and the fourth of the season.
The remnants of a light rain storm in the opening minutes of the match reared its head just 27 seconds after the Bronson goal. UNC’s Crystal Dunn let go what seemed to be a harmless shot from the top of the box that Wolfpack keeper Kim Kern let trickle into the goal as she went down to the ground to make the save.
Seven minutes later Dunn unleashed a blistering shot from the right side that clanged off the far post at the 22:27 mark. Courtney Jones collected the rebound, but this time Kern made a clean save to keep the match at 1-all.
Kern made an unbelievable one-handed save off a point-blank shot from Kealie Ohai in the 30th minute. She finished with eight saves on the evening.
Later in the first half, a corner kick from Shelli Spamer found the foot of Bronson and she had another good look at goal, but Gay stood tall and made the save.
The Tar Heels took its first lead of the match at the 41:17 mark when defender Megan Brigman scored from about 25 yards when she sent a rocket past Kern for a 2-1 advantage.
UNC made it a 3-1 advantage midway through the second half with a curling strike into the upper left corner from reserve Maria Lubrano.
The Tar Heels scored twice more in the second half to win in the ACC opener for both clubs.
NC State steps out of conference for the final time in 2011 to host Towson on Sunday at 1 p.m.