Tar Heel fans, take heart: you’re going to be just fine, as evidenced by UNC’s thorough 3-0 win over Texas A&M tonight. The University of North Carolina’s conveyor belt of quality American women’s soccer talent remains in high production.
Aggie fans came out in full force tonight and remained vociferously faithful to their side, despite the result.
The Tar Heels laid down the law early as senior full-back and requisite work horse Megan Klingenberg scored the first goal of the evening in the 3′. “I came through the middle and came out to the side,” Klingenberg recounts, ” I saw that [my defender] was stepping to the left so I went inside, took a chance and luckily it went over the ‘keeper’s hands and in.”
The visitors doubled their lead in the 20′ courtesy of an Ali Hawkins header from a Rachel Givan corner. Texas A&M had trouble interrupting UNC’s momentum and by the time holding midfielder Amber Brooks converted a glancing header off a Klingenberg cross in the 12′ of the second half, the battle was won.
Texas A&M forward Merritt Mathias, fresh off a transfer from UNC, had the best chance for the Aggies as she blasted a shot from outside the box but UNC freshman goalkeeper Anna Sieloff was up for the challenge as she skillfully parried the shot away. Dorrance called the save, “one of the greatest saves I’ve ever seen at the collegiate level.” Sieloff seems to have sealed the starting goalkeeping position after the departure of longtime UNC ‘keeper Ashlyn Harris.