Women’s Soccer Hosts No. 2 Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Hosts No. 2 Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m.

• Fifth-ranked Carolina hosts No. 2 Virginia in the final game of UNC’s four-game ACC homestand on Sunday, October 3, at 1 p.m.

• The game will be televised on the ACC Network with Jenn Hildreth and Angela Hucles on the call.

• The Tar Heels are 8-1-1, 1-1-1 in the ACC. Virginia is 10-1, 3-0.

• The teams have one common opponent thus far this season. Duke defeated UNC, 1-0, in Chapel Hill, while the Cavaliers edged the Blue Devils by that same score in Charlottesville.

• The No. 2-ranked Cavaliers are the highest-ranked among the six ranked opponents thus far this season for the Tar Heels. UNC is 4-1 against ranked teams with wins over No. 10 Stanford, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 19 Washington and No. 22 Clemson. Those rankings indicate what those teams were ranked at the time they played UNC. Stanford is currently No. 8, Arkansas is No. 9 and Virginia Tech, which was unranked when UNC tied the Hokies two games ago, is now No. 19.

• The Tar Heels have played their last three games without forward Emily Murphy. The freshman from Windsor, England, was leading the team in scoring with 12 points through the Florida game, but injured an ankle in practice prior to the Duke game. She is expected to play against Virginia.

• Junior Julia Dorsey, who was expected to start on the back line, should play for the first time this season in limited minutes against Virginia. She had offseason foot surgery and has not yet played this season.

SERIES vs. VIRGINIA

• Carolina is 39-4-4 all-time against Virginia, including 17-3 in Chapel Hill.

• This is Virginia’s first appearance at renovated Dorrance Field.

• Carolina has won the last four matches, three of which came in the ACC Tournament.

• UNC’s four-game win streak vs. the Cavaliers, which began in 2016, followed a six-game stretch from 2011-15 in which the Tar Heels went 0-4-2 against UVA. Three of those four losses came in Chapel Hill.

• The teams played once last season, a 2-0 Carolina victory in Cary in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Claudia Dickey made four saves in the shutout and opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 40th minute. Isabel Cox added a goal in the 79th minute. Both teams took 11 shots.

DICKEY CONVERTS

• Senior goalkeeper Claudia Dickey scored her second career goal by penalty kick in Carolina’s 3-0 win over Clemson. She also scored from the spot in UNC’s most recent game against Virginia, last November 13 in the ACC semifinals.

• Dickey is also 2 for 2 in penalty kicks in NCAA postseason play, converting against UCLA in the 2018 quarterfinals and Stanford in the 2019 national championship match.

RECAPPING THE CLEMSON MATCH

Bella Sember, a freshman from Centerport, N.Y., scored her first collegiate goal to break a scoreless tie with 13:26 to play in the first half.

• The Tar Heels broke a two-game home winless streak.

• It was the first time this season Clemson was held scoreless.

Isabel Cox gave UNC a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute and the Tar Heels made it 3-0 with 5:48 to play when UNC goalkeeper Claudia Dickey converted a penalty kick.

• Carolina had the advantage in possession 61 percent to 39 and outshot the Tigers, 13-5, including 10-2 in the second half.

• Seven of UNC’s 13 shots came from non-starters.

Avery Patterson, who switched from right back to left midfield and created numerous scoring chances, was the Tar Heels’ Player of the Match, her first award of the season.

CAROLINA, ANSON THREE WINS FROM 900

• The University of North Carolina women’s soccer program has won 897 of its 1,018 games all-time. Of course, Anson Dorrance has been the Tar Heels’ head coach from the start of the program in 1979.

 


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