Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shockingly, UNC women's soccer loses in NCAAs while men win

Most experts and casual observers would expect the UNC women's team to have a better chance in the NCAA tournament than the men's team. But the men are still playing while the women lost at home to Notre Dame, 4-1, Saturday in Chapel Hill.

It was one of the most decisive, if not the most decisive defeat in UNC history. Carolina hadn't given up four goals in a game since 1980 and haven't lost by more than a goal since 1985.

"I thought they completely outfought us in the first half and they deserved to be in a dominant position going into the second half," UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. "I thought we tried to come back in the second half, but they counterattacked well and we just couldn't seem to get anything past their defense and their goalkeeper."

UNC, the two-time defending champion, saw its season end at 19-3-2.

The fourth-seeded men's team North Carolina battled Georgetown to a scoreless tie through 110 minutes today but won a 5-4 penalty shootout to advance to the third round of the NCAA tourney.

With the shootout tied at 2-2, UNC goalie Scott Goodwin stopped Seth C'deBaca's low shot to the right to put Carolina in control.

UNC's Jalil Anibaba and Enzo Martinez scored before Alex Walters popped the winning goal inside the left post.

Carolina advances to take on Michigan State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at Fetzer Field.

Field Hockey: North Carolina's 2010 field hockey season ended today at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in the NCAA Championship game. But the Tar Heels stretched the campaign out just about as long as possible, playing through the better part of two overtime periods before the top-ranked Terrapins scored the game winner to claim the program's seventh NCAA title on their home field.

Sophomore Megan Frazer's goal with 2:10 remaining in the second overtime gave Maryland a 3-2 win, reversing the score by which UNC claimed the 2009 title over the Terps.

"Congratulations to the University of Maryland on winning the national championship," said UNC coach Karen Shelton, whose team finished the season 22-3. "I think both teams fought extremely hard. It was two good teams going at it, as you would hope in a national championship."

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