CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A shorthanded Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to No. 6 North Carolina, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Finley Soccer Complex. The 23rd-ranked Buckeyes drop to 0-2-0 on the year while the Tar Heels improve to 2-0-0.
QUOTE FROM THE COACH
“I’m so proud of our squad and the fight that they showed,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “One of the challenges of playing against North Carolina is how deep they can go on their bench and I think we showed a lot of class, were able to dig down deep and a lot of players played 90 minutes. We’ll take a lot from this game and it’ll make us stronger. We’d love to have another crack at North Carolina or Duke again and hopefully we’ll be in contention to see that in November.”
– Ohio State notched a pair quality first-half chances, one off the head of Kayla Fischer in the 17th minute and another off the foot of Sarah Roberts in the 26th minute. Fischer’s opportunity came when Arden Holden bent a free kick perfectly to the head of the freshman but North Carolina goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak was there for the save. Less than 10 minutes later, Roberts took a chance from long range that skipped into the arms of Leshnak as the Carolina goakeeper ranged to her left.
– North Carolina took the 1-0 lead in the 37th minute when Brianna Pinto converted a free kick toward the far post from just outside the top left corner of the box.
– The Tar Heels had a pair of opportunities in the 53rd minute. Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr came out to deflect Rachael Dorwart’s flick before Annie Kingman’s shot from the top right corner of the box was saved off the line by Buckeye defender Kylie Knight. Two minutes later Dorwart tried again from the top of the box toward the right post but Kerr was able to dive to her left to make the save.
– North Carolina then doubled its lead in the 58th minute when Bridgette Andrzejewski headed home a cross from Taylor Otto on the left wing to make it a 2-0 contest.
– Kerr made eight saves in the contest, tying for the third-most in a match in her Buckeye career.
– Fischer made her first-career start after coming off the bench in Thursday’s opener at Duke.
– Freshman Blair Cowan made her first appearance in a Buckeye uniform.
– The shorthanded Ohio State squad saw 15 Buckeyes appear in the match while 21 Tar Heels saw time.
The Buckeyes travel to take on nationally-ranked Florida at 7 p.m. Friday in Gainesville.
Match: No. 23 Ohio State at No. 6 North Carolina
Date: Aug. 19, 2018
Venue: Finley Field South – Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: Mostly sunny and 84 degrees
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
UNC 1 1 2
OSU 0 0 0