The No. 2 North Carolina women’s soccer team lost on the road to No. 1 Stanford 2-1 in overtime on Sunday night. The loss puts the team at 5-2-1 on the season, and is its second loss in a row. With the win, Stanford improved to 6-0 on the season.
Both teams started out slow with no goals in the first half. Stanford took eight shots on the goal, compared to UNC’s three.
UNC started senior Samantha Leshnak at goalie in the first half, but subbed in first-year goalie Claudia Dickey in the second. At 62:41 in the second half, Sophia Smith scored for Stanford with a curled shot inside the post. UNC made five substitutions before its last one — Brianna Pinto — led to getting on the scoreboard, the first goal of her career, to tie the game with 13 minutes left on the clock. After two failed shots by Stanford and three by UNC, the teams went to overtime.
Stanford scored a close-range goal within a minute and thirty seconds of overtime, ending the game with Dickey in goal for the Tar Heels.
Who stood out?
The younger talent stood out for the Tar Heels. First-year midfielder Brianna Pinto showcased her talent with UNC’s only goal after being subbed in during the second half. Her goal was assisted by first-year midfielder Rachael Dorwart and sophomore defender Lotte Wubben-Moy. UNC goalie Samantha Leshnak also did not let up a single goal while she was in for the first half.
Stanford goalie and redshirt junior Alison Jahansouz also did not let up any goals in the first half. First-year forward Sophia Smith scored her first goal of the season in the second half. Sophomore forward Madison Haley also scored her first goal of the season, the winning goal for Stanford.
When was it decided?
The game was head-to-head the entire time, with the Tar Heels losing a minute and 36 seconds into overtime. Stanford hadn’t scored since the 62-minute mark before breaking through for the game winner.
Why does it matter?
The UNC women already have two losses early on the season with eight total games played. This is also its second straight loss in a row after losing to unranked Santa Clara 0-1 on Friday. The Tar Heels won five out of their first six games, tying one and only lost three total games last season out of 22. The team will have to continue to play better offensively to get out of this weekend’s slump.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will head to Tallahassee next Friday, September 14th to face an undefeated Florida State team. They will play at 7 p.m., and the game can be watched on the ACC Network.
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