Led by an impressive defensive performance — anchored by Lincoln, Neb., native Paige Nielsen — the No. 4 North Carolina women’s soccer team shut out the Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-0 on Friday.
UNC started out strong, as freshman midfielder Dorian Bailey scored her first career goal at the six-minute mark. Assisted by senior Summer Green, Bailey drove the shot into the lower corner of the net.
In the 35th minute, UNC goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin tackled a loose ball during a scramble in the box, preventing the Cornhuskers (3-2) from tying the match. North Carolina's defense only allowed Nebraska to take three more shots the rest of the match.
Just over two minutes later, junior forward Emily Bruder beat Nebraska’s goalkeeper to put the Tar Heels up 2-0.
Going into halftime with a comfortable lead, the team looked to maintain its strong defensive play and hold the Cornhuskers at zero. Nielsen, a senior defender, led the charge.