Anson Dorrance Won Game 700 In Style
North Carolina 7 (Ohai 7?, Brigman 10?, Jones 11?, Rich 20?, Bartok 42?, Brooks 82?, Burchenal 85?) – 2 (Shore PK 62?, Hatcher 78?) Tennessee
North Carolina showed no mercy as they obliterated Tennessee, 7-2, as Anson Dorrance won his seven hundredth match in style. It became all too apparent after just a quarter of an hour that the Vols were going to be taking a vicious beating. Kealia Ohai would open the scoring in the seventh minute, racing in after a deflection, burning through two defenders, and beating Vols keeper Molly Baird from just inside the area. Megan Brigman would head home a far post cross to double the advantage a few minutes later. Courtney Jones would swoop in and head home after Molly Baird had pushed Rachel Wood’s free kick onto the bar just a minute later. Alyssa Rich would make it 4-0 after latching onto a ball from Ohai at the top of the box and beating Baird. Brittni Bartok would hammer a shot into the upper-left corner off an assist from Ranee Premji a few minutes before the half to give UNC a stunning 5-0 lead. Emily Shore would get one back for Tennessee, converting a penalty after Emily Dowd had been fouled in the box. Chelsea Hatcher would cut the deficit to 5-2 with a long range shot that took a deflection before ending up in the back of the net after UNC reserve keeper had come off her line to punch the ball away. Amber Brooks would add a sixth, after Barkley Minton had chested down a long free kick from Wood in the eighty-second minute. Elizabeth Burchenal would finish the scoring five minutes from time powering home a header from a Meghan Klingenberg corner. Hannah Daly got the start for the Tar Heels in goal, as normal starter Anna Sieloff didn’t make an appearance. The Tar Heels put fifteen shots on goal and outshot their opponents 26-6 overall.
Indiana 1 (Samp 59?) – 3 (Thomas 6?, Marlborough 28?, 46?) Nebraska
Despite holding an 11-5 shots on goal advantage, Indiana slumped to a home defeat against Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. Morgan Marlborough exploded with a pair of goals, including the match winner, and an assist after a bit of a quiet start to her sophomore season. The Huskers would race out to a 3-0 lead that all but put the result to bed. Molly Thomas opened the scoring in the sixth minute off a Shannon Flower howler in the Indiana goal when the Hoosiers keeper tipped a shot off the post and over the line. Jordan Jackson would help Nebraska double their lead with an adventurous dribbling rampage before feeding Marlborough who promptly lifted the ball over Flower and into the bak of the net. Right after the break, Lara Ross of Indiana was booked for a foul in the box and Marlborough drove home the penalty to give Nebraska a commanding lead. Carly Samp would give Indiana a consolation goal after intercepting a back pass and beating Nebraska keeper Tara Macdonald in a 1v1 situation. Macdonald would make nine saves throughout the afternoon to help ensure Nebraska enjoyed all the spoils in Bloomington.
Boston University 0 – 1 (Mewis 64?) Boston College
Boston College won a hard fought cross-town derby against Boston University on Saturday afternoon in a match rescheduled from Friday evening. The Eagles would score the only goal of the match in the sixty-fourth minute off the foot of Kristie Mewis who volleyed home a corner kick from Hannah Cerrone to give BC a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Eagles almost added another through Stephanie Wirth, only to be thwarted by keeper Alice Binns coming off her line to save at close range at the top of the area. Binns would also save a Wirth blast later in the half to keep the score at 1-0. BU defender Corie Halasz starred for the home side, breaking up multiple Eagles scoring opportunities on the afternoon. The Terriers were hardly outmatched on the stats sheet, equal on corner kicks and only facing a 6-2 disadvantage on corner kicks.
West Virginia 2 (McCarthy 78?, Mischler 85?) – 1 (Prause 5?) Central Michigan
West Virginia left it very late but got two goals in the final twelve minutes of regulation to deny Central Michigan’s bid for an upset in Morgantown on Saturday night. Megan Mischler grabbed the winner five minutes from time, pouncing on a rebound after Bri Rodriguez had just hit the bar. Just seven minutes earlier, Bry McCarthy had fired home the equalizer from a twenty-five yard free kick. Valerie Prause had given the visitors a very early lead in the fifth minute off a fourteen yard shot from an assist by Laura Twidle. The Chippewas had a chance to extend their lead through Twidle with a quarter of an hour left but was denied 1v1 vs West Virginia’s Keri Butler to keep the score at 1-0, and allowing for a Mountaineer comeback. Both sides combined for thirty-seven shots and fifteen shots on goal in a thrilling game that went down to the wire as the home side pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat.
Denver 2 (Battelli 7?, DiGiacomo PK 90?) – 1 (Hughes 38?) Colorado
Denver were awarded a controversial penalty in the ninetieth minute after Colorado keeper Annie Brunner was adjudged to have fouled Kalie Vaughn in the area. Pioneer Nicholette DiGiacomo stepped up and converted to give Denver a 2-1 win in the latest chapter of this heated Colorado derby. Jessy Battelli had given Denver the lead in the seventh minute after heading home a corner kick from DiGiacomo. Hayley Hughes would use a turn of good fortune to get Colorado back on level terms near the end of the break as her shot was deflected off Denver defender Alexis Hanks, leaving Pioneer keeper Lara Campbell wrongfooted in goal. The match was a near statistical dead heat, with Campbell making six saves in the winning effort.
-IUPUI rolled over South Dakota, 3-0, with Megan Hock scoring twice for the Jaguars.
-Kayla Braffet put home a rebound with twenty-three seconds left in the second period of extra time as South Dakota State won a dramatic match with Nevada, 3-2.