On a cold, windy Thursday night from the Newton Campus Soccer Field, the Eagles lost 3-0 to an incredibly talented No. 3 Tar Heel squad that remains undefeated in ACC play.
BC was simply outmatched on the night despite having a few strong chances here and there. UNC outshot them 17 to 6 and had 9 shots on goal to BC’s 3. The Tar Heels were awarded four corners to the Eagles’ one.
Allie Augur, the standout freshman keeper, played all 90 minutes and made six saves in a solid showing from her. However, there was not much she could do against the relentless North Carolina attack.
Marz Josephson, North Carolina’s own stud freshman keeper, got the start and combined with Claudia Dickey for the shutout. UNC now has shutouts in 12 of their 15 games this season.
Two first-half goals gave UNC a comfortable lead going into the second half.
BC played and pressed much better in the second half, but it was too little, too late as UNC put the game fully to bed with a third goal late in the match.
UNC got on the board quickly in the eighth minute. Lotte Wubben-Moy played a high-arching corner kick that Maycee Bell got on the end of for her first career goal. The defender made a looping back-post run to find a pocket of space and powered a header past Augur.
Sam Smith had a good chance to equalize moments later in the 12th minute off a low Olivia Vaughn cross. She made a good recovery off a poor first touch to get a shot off at the near post that Josephson was quick off her line to save.
The Tar Heels doubled their lead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot. Bridgette Andrzejewski played a near post cross from the left side of the penalty box that unfortunately struck the hand of Jade Ruiters.
Wubben-Moy converted from the spot into the left side of the goal. Augur guessed correctly, but could only get her fingertips on the low shot. It was Wubben-Moy’s third goal of the season, all from penalties.
Two minutes later, both teams had great chances. A poor clearance by UNC was collected by Samantha Agresti. She fired a shot from range that just went wide of the left post.
Under a minute later, Alessia Russo fired a wicked strike from the right side of the penalty box that Augur brilliantly punched away from the left corner.
Overall in the first half, the Eagles were outshot by the Tar Heels 10 to 4 with a 6 to 2 disadvantage in shots on target.
BC had a better second half, but could not manage to find the net.
Rachel Jones was a thorn in the Eagles’ side as she ran at the backline continuously. In the 54th minute, she nearly scored after stealing the ball off a defender but blasted the shot from just inside the box over the crossbar.
The Eagles nearly got back in the game in the 64th minute. Agresti pounced on a sloppy touch in the UNC backline but would love to have the chance back. Her curling shot from the left side of the box was a bit too weak and easily snatched by Dickey.
Any chance of a late BC comeback ended in the 80th minute as UNC scored its third goal. Russo made a great run from the right corner into the box, beat some defenders, and played a beautiful assist to Jones.
Jones’ hard second-half work paid off as she fired a driven, left-footed shot from the top of the box off the right post and into the net.
The Eagles’ loss extended their losing streak against North Carolina to eight straight games. Their all-time record now stands at 1-19-0 against the powerhouse.
North Carolina (13-1-1, 6-0-1 ACC) has not seen a loss in regular-season ACC play since Oct. 14, 2016. They next face Florida State—a rival national power—in a 2018 National Championship rematch on Thursday.
The Eagles, looking to keep their chins high and bounce back, now stand at 8-5-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the ACC.
They travel to Virginia for a two-game road trip, facing Virginia Tech on October 24 before a matchup against Virginia on October 27.