The first item on the North Carolina women's soccer team's list of 13 core values is "We don't whine."
It's a principle that head coach Anson Dorrance sees most exemplified in redshirt sophomore midfielder Ally Sentnor.
“She’s a great example for anyone that wants to get to higher and higher levels,” Dorrance said. “She was our leading scorer alongside [sophomore forward Maddie Dahlien] in the U-20 World Cup qualifying. She’s checking every box and the way she’s playing now, I bet every coach starts screaming whenever she gets the ball, ‘Don’t let her shoot, don’t let her shoot, don’t let her shoot.’”
Despite opposing teams' efforts to contain Sentnor, the 2022 first-team All-ACC selectee leads UNC with five goals this season. In the Tar Heels' 4-0 win at N.C. State on Saturday, Sentnor extended her goal-scoring streak to three games.
Sentnor's dynamic ball control was on display against the Wolfpack.
Just 37 seconds into the second half, the midfielder-forward hybrid found herself with two defenders in front of her. She dribbled to her left, looking for an open window to shoot the ball and found one. In between six Wolfpack players, Sentnor fired the ball in the top right corner of the goal to put UNC up 3-0.
Despite missing the 2021 season due to an ACL tear, Sentnor has amassed 35 career points. The only active Tar Heel who has recorded more since Aug. 2021 is senior forward Avery Patterson.
After a long road to recovery during which she posted monthly Instagram updates and watched her team from the sidelines, Sentnor's success is a product of her grit, and she's not slowing down anytime soon.
“I’m really excited to continue improving,” Sentnor said. “I am nowhere near where I want to be.”