Oct. 25, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State women’s soccer fell 4-1 to No. 8 North Carolina in the season finale at Dail Soccer Field on Thursday.
NC State got an early goal from freshman Caroline Gentry in the sixth minute to excite a season-best crowd of over 1,400 spectators on a calm and cool evening on campus.
Sophomore Cheyenne Spade sent a low cross from her attacking midfield spot that Gentry ran onto and she unleashed a blast into the far low-left corner past a diving Adelaide Gay in net for the Heels.
With a little less than 20 minutes left in the first half, NC State was being outshot 9-1, but the one shot was holding up as the Pack would ultimately take a 1-0 advantage into intermission.
By halftime the reality of an upset was taking shape. North Carolina was 0-4 this year when giving up the first goal of the game, and 0-3 when trailing at the half.
NC State continued to play a strong brand of soccer in the second half as well, but the Tar Heels finally struck for the equalizer at 65:08 on a very similar sequence as the goal earlier in the game by Gentry.
Kealia Ohai first touched a pass into the lower left-corner for her fifth goal of the season and it was 1-1.
A crazy back-and-forth sequence followed with UNC being awarded a penalty kick three minutes after the Ohai goal. However, Alyssa Rich sent her shot way over the cross bar that even cleared the stands behind the net.
Within minutes of the penalty kick, NC State was awarded a direct kick just inches outside the 18-yard box for the clubs best scoring chance since the opening minutes.
Freshman Sharon Wojcik took the set piece and narrowly missed the top shelf of the net as her attempt sailed over the cross bar.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the pitch, Wolfpack keeper Victoria Hopkins was doing all she could to keep her team in the game by making a career-high 13 saves.
North Carolina’s depth showed up in the final 12 minutes by scoring three times in that span to erase the upset bid for the home team.
UNC held a 28-7 advantage in shots.