The UNC women’s soccer team (15-4-1) began its NCAA Championship run with a 5-0 first-round victory against Old Dominion (9-8-3) on Saturday night.
Early play was dominated by the Tar Heels. The Monarchs cleared the ball out of their box two times before redshirt first-year Ally Sentnor booted UNC’s first shot on goal. Old Dominion quickly responded with a shot of its own on its first attack of the game, but it was easily saved by UNC goalie Emmie Allen near the right post.
Two minutes later, UNC capitalized on its offensive aggression with an unassisted goal by Sentnor. The goalie came up to clear the ball, but Sentnor got there first and easily put it in the back of the net. The domination continued when UNC received its first corner kick opportunity in over 102 minutes of game action, but Old Dominion’s defense cleared it away.
Action slowed after the goal with neither team generating any real opportunities at the net. UNC’s next chance came 17 minutes after its goal when a cross into the box forced the Monarch defense to deflect a Talia DellaPeruta shot. The ensuing corner kick was grabbed in the air by goalkeeper ODU Emily Bredek.
In the 29th minute, the Tar Heels added another tally. A pass from senior defender Tori Hansen led to a one-on-one with the goalie for first-year forward Maddie Dahlien. Dahlien tucked the ball near the left post to put the Tar Heels up 2-0. One last corner kick opportunity was snuffed out by Bredek, and UNC entered the break up by two.
The second half saw more domination from the Tar Heel offensive attack. Less than four minutes in, Hansen assisted on another goal, this time put away by junior forward Avery Patterson. She quickly made her presence felt again with another shot on goal, but Bredek was able to handle it.
UNC was not done, though. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Dahlien found Sentnor in open space, and Bredek had no chance.
The Tar Heels put the icing on the cake with an 89th-minute score by Lauren Wrigley, giving the Tar Heels a five-goal victory.