North Carolina women’s soccer midfielder Maria Lubrano is Italian, coach Anson Dorrance is quick to point out, and her second goal in No. 10 UNC’s 4-0 win against Clemson on Friday night was indicative of her home nation’s style of play.
Lubrano, a sixth-year senior whose two-goal performance Saturday was the first multi-goal game of her career, made a hard run to the Tigers’ near post in the 82nd minute.
When she received the ball from fellow senior Amber Brooks, she scored a goal that left Dorrance comparing her to Italian national team midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
“It was just a wonderful finish,” Dorrance said of Lubrano’s outside-of-the-foot strike into the lower left corner. “It reminded me of an exquisite technician like Pirlo.”
Dorrance said the shot was impressive not because it found the back of the net, but because of the difficulty of a near-post run. He said those types of dashes into the box are the most difficult because they have to be at full speed and often result in a collision with the goalie.