For the second time this season, the No. 3 UNC women’s soccer team found itself in a scoreless draw — this time against Wisconsin at Dorrance Field on Thursday.
Redshirt sophomore midfielder Ally Sentnor was an offensive force all game, tallying four shots — including one on goal that came in the last five minutes. Despite this one last chance to score, the Tar Heels couldn’t convert.
A week ago, North Carolina finished 0-0 against a different Big Ten opponent in No. 8 Penn State. But this tie didn’t feel the same to head coach Anson Dorrance.
“Penn State’s definitely a better team," he said. "So we have to credit them in that game."
However, Dorrance was sure to praise Wisconsin’s defense, specifically goalkeeper Erin McKinney, who saved all eight of UNC’s shots on goal.
“I think they had a plexiglass barrier in front of their goal," he joked. "I gotta walk over there and see if it’s still there."
'Plexiglass barrier' was an apt description for Wisconsin's goalie box, considering the number of close opportunities that failed to find the back of the net on Thursday night.
Having seen Wisconsin’s performance on the pitch, Dorrance thinks future opponents will continue to play with a similar strategy to contain UNC's attack.
“When another team looks at our roster, they’re gonna say let’s try to get as many players behind the ball as often as possible," Dorrance said. "Maybe eventually, we’ll play a team that decides to cross (midfield)."