The No. 8 North Carolina women’s soccer team defeated No. 9 UCLA on Friday evening by a final score of 2-1. This was the Tar Heels' first of two games in Los Angeles on the weekend.
North Carolina (5-0-1) got off to a hot start despite dealing with the jet lag that comes with a West Coast road trip. Annie Kingman scored off a penalty kick in the 27th minute to give the Tar Heels the 1-0 lead. Despite UCLA’s (3-2-0) best efforts, the lead stayed at 1-0 heading into the break.
In the second half, the Bruin's Jessie Fleming equalized in the 55th minute. But early on this season the Tar Heels have shown the ability to respond quickly to goals by their opponent, and UNC did that again on Friday evening.
In the 69th minute, Megan Buckingham gave the Tar Heels a lead they would not relinquish. UCLA played hard but couldn’t find a goal to equalize in the final 20 minutes.
Who stood out?
First-year Annie Kingman and her first half goal were big for North Carolina. Kingman hails from Woodside, California, so this weekend is a homecoming of sorts for her. She certainly put on a strong showing in her home state Friday.