The No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team (10-0-7, 5-0-4 ACC) defeated Syracuse (2-13-2, 0-8-1 ACC), 6-1, for its senior day matchup at Dorrance Field on Sunday afternoon.
Following a three-game 1-1 draw streak, the Tar Heels started the game with aggressive ball possession, leaving little room for the Orange to dominate UNC’s field.
UNC’s win was a full team effort, providing all 26 Tar Heels an opportunity to touch the field.
“So I really appreciated certainly the win," head coach Anson Dorrance said. “But also the fact that we got to play our roster and also the alums were here.”
Syracuse struggled to defend the goal box, and UNC remained in their penalty box for most of the whole game. In the first 10 minutes, the Tar Heels tallied five shots, though none reached the net.
Breaking a 25-minute standoff, UNC earned their first goal of the game through an assist by sophomore forward Maddie Dahlien completed by redshirt senior defender Maycee Bell. From the right corner, Dahlien carried the ball into the penalty box, where Bell chipped the ball straight past the Orange’s goalkeeper.
This was Bell’s first goal of the season, and the first time her entire family has been able to come to a game throughout her five years at UNC.
“So it was just like honestly a dream come true to score in front of them.” Bell said. “I’ve been working really hard to try to get that, so it’s awesome.”
The goal seemed to give the Tar Heels a second wave of energy. UNC spread the field, utilizing meticulous footwork and thorough passes to continue their possession.