Sept. 15, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. - The Marquette women's soccer team held the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels off the scoreboard for more than 73 minutes Friday night but goals by Yael Averbuch and Whitney Engen in the final 17 minutes lifted Carolina (7-1) to a 2-0 win over the Golden Eagles (2-3-2) at Koskinen Stadium Friday evening. The match was the first game of the annual Duke adidas Classic.
Despite outshooting the Golden Eagles 21-1 in the match and having nine corner kicks to zero for Marquette, the Tar Heels were kept off the scoreboard by the Golden Eagles' defense which held firm for most of the match.
Eventually UNC broke through to score at 73:01 as Averbuch tallied her fifth goal of the season and third game-wining goal. Elizabeth Guess won the ball on the right side of the pitch, held possession and then slipped a pass to Casey Nogueira who was stationed with her back to the goal at the top of the 18-yard box. Nogueira slotted the ball back to Averbuch who buried a half volley from 25 yards out top shelf in the right center of the goal.
UNC went on to make it 2-0 at 84:43 on a nicely designed play that was finished off by Whitney Engen for her second goal of the season. Sterling Smith sent a pass from the middle to Heather O'Reilly who carried the ball to the end line in the penalty area. O'Reilly crossed the ball to Engen whose low shot eluded Marquette goalkeeper Laura Boyer to the far post.
Despite taking 21 shots, UNC had only six shots on goal. Boyer made four saves while allowing the two goals. Marquette had one shot on goal and it resulted in a back save by UNC's Nikki Washington. After a scramble in the box, the Golden Eagles' Christy Zwolski had a shot at an open goal only to be denied by Washington's defensive heroics with 30:25 left in the game.
The other top scoring chances in the second half included a shot by UNC's Smith with 33:03 left that went just to the right of the goal, a shot by Washington with 29:26 to play that hit the near post netting and Katie Brooks' shot in the box that was kick saved by Boyer with 2:48 to play.
Despite an 11-0 edge in shots in the first half by the Tar Heels, the teams went to the locker room with a scoreless tie on the board. UNC had trouble hitting the frame of the goal in the first half, forcing the Golden Eagles to make only two saves.
At 38:36, Whitney Engen had a shot in the box that was blocked by the defense over the end line for a corner kick. UNC's best scoring chance of the half came at the 22:21 mark when Heather O'Reilly was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but hit the cross bar with her shot.
A header by Casey Nogueira at 10:26 resulted in the first Marquette save. Just two minutes later Jaime Gilbert saw her close-in shot deflected away by the Marquette defense. The last good scoring opportunity of the half came with 6:36 left when Yael Averbuch had a shot from the top of the box deflected over the end line for a corner kick.
UNC will continue action in the Duke adidas Classic on Sunday when they meet Florida at 12 noon at Koskinen Stadium.
Yael Averbuch went top shelf in the 74th minute for her third game-winning goal of the season.