DURHAM — It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t high scoring, but at the end of the day, the North Carolina field hockey team got the job done.
In a return to its former home away from home at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium on Duke's campus, No. 1 UNC (8-0, 2-0 ACC) took down the No. 4 Blue Devils (6-3, 1-1 ACC) in a 2-0 shutout. It was the third straight game in which the Tar Heels did not allow a goal and their fifth clean sheet of the season in just eight games, something they had not done since 2010.
Defense has become North Carolina's calling card, only having allowed three goals the entire season so far on its way to an undefeated record. The Duke game, however, provided a challenge, as the rivalry match always does.
“We don’t take this rivalry lightly,” midfielder Catherine Hayden said. “Whether its an on-season or off-season for Duke, we always know this is going to be a great matchup.”
The game got off to a slow start, with neither team managing to register a shot attempt within the first 15 minutes of play.