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No. 5 UNC field hockey shuts out Old Dominion 2-0

The No. 5 North Carolina field hockey team won its second straight game, defeating Old Dominion 2-0 in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday.

What happened?

The first half was scoreless, but North Carolina (14-4, 4-3 ACC) was the primary aggressor. The Tar Heels won the shot advantage 6-1 and had two corner opportunities, while the Monarchs (7-10) had none.

North Carolina put some points on the board after half-time adjustments. The team pushed the forwards up to gain more space to pass and move the ball.

Redshirt first-year Marissa Creatore scored in the 44th minute off of an assist from fifth-year senior Emma Bozek. Ten minutes later, senior Lauren Moyer finessed an unassisted goal to put the Tar Heels up 2-0. The goal was Moyer's team-leading 15th of the season.

In the end, North Carolina posted nine of its 18 shots on target. On the other hand, Old Dominion mustered just two shots, and neither was on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Halpin did not have to make a save to force the Tar Heels’ fourth shut out of the season.

Who stood out?

Ashley Hoffman did more than score the first goal of the game for the Tar Heels. The sophomore midfielder distributed and controlled the ball in key possessions for the North Carolina attack. Hoffman has started all 18 games for the Tar Heels, and she leads the team with eight assists.

When was it decided?

The Tar Heels turned up the heat and capitalized on opportunities to score in the second half. An up-tempo offense out of the gate forced two North Carolina corner opportunities within the first ten minutes after halftime, and Creatore was able to finish for a goal.

After the initial goal of the game was scored to break the tie, the Tar Heels cruised to victory. Moyer added an extra goal to pad the lead.

Why does it matter?

Saturday’s game did not have any implications in terms of conference standings for the Tar Heels, and North Carolina was expected to prevail over the unranked Monarchs. Nevertheless, North Carolina will take a road win any day of the week.

But Old Dominion has been a contested opponent in the past. The Monarchs lead the NCAA with nine National Championships, and Old Dominion defeated North Carolina in the National Championship three times — most recently in 2000. On the other hand, UNC defeated the Monarchs for a national title in 1989 and 1997.

Where do they play next?

The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill to take on Appalachian State at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be North Carolina’s senior night.


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