And with Friday’s victory — a 2-0 win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits — No. 6 UNC has a chance to continue that record for the 33rd straight year after clinching a second round berth.
The Tar Heels controlled the first half of the game with their furious pace and movement, both on and off the ball. Their 11 first-half shots to South Dakota State’s zero led to a comfortable two-goal lead at the break.
“We knew they were going to be incredibly athletic, very attack oriented,” South Dakota State coach Lang Wedemeyer said. “They’ve got so much talent, we were a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious coming in.”
UNC struck first in the 16th minute with a superb buildup and individual run by sophomore forward Amber Munerlyn. A long pass from UNC’s defensive half found sophomore forward Emily Bruder and two SDSU defenders fighting for possession on the left side as the Tar Heels attacked. Bruder left the ball for a streaking Munerlyn, who juked between the two defenders and calmly slotted home into the bottom left corner to go up by one.