DURHAM, N.C. – As Hurricane Dorian was approaching the Triangle, the No. 1 North Carolina women’s soccer team (5-0) showed its class on a wet and sloppy field in Durham. It took longer than expected, but the Tar Heels broke through for a 1-0 victory over LSU (2-2-1) in the Duke Nike Classic on Thursday.
LSU was in defense mode against the Tar Heels, often playing 10 players on defense behind the ball. It worked for the majority of the game, as UNC was held scoreless until the 71st minute.
The rain had just begun to pour on the field as the ball fell to sophomore Rachel Jones at the top of the box. Jones made a quick and intelligent pass to fellow sophomore Brianna Pinto, who hit a rocket to the left of the LSU goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
That goal was what everyone on the field and in attendance was waiting for. UNC dominated all stats throughout the game, which made it seem like it was just a matter of time before the team broke through. The Tar Heels led 19-3 on shots, 12-0 on corners and dominated possession.