The North Carolina women's soccer team started its season on the right foot, defeating N.C. State, 3-2, in its first exhibition contest.
The game, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, was pushed to a Thursday morning start time due to inclement weather. At first, it seemed as if the delay rattled the Tar Heels. The Wolfpack opened the scoring less than three minutes in as midfielder Ricarda Walkling found the back of the net from 20 yards out.
In the 28th minute, defender Taylor Otto gave UNC fresh life as she was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick. Midfielder Dorian Bailey stepped to the spot and converted the kick, tying the score at one.
The half ended with the score still knotted at one. The Tar Heels outshot the Wolfpack, 6-3, in the opening 45 minutes.