CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The eighth-ranked Duke women’s soccer team concluded the Carolina Nike Classic with a 2-0 loss against No. 2 North Carolina, played in front of a sellout crowd at UNC Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
With the loss, the Blue Devils move to 1-1-0 on the season, while the Tar Heels improve to 2-0-0 on the campaign.
“We have to create more,” said head coach Robbie Church. “They’re very good, and that’s the standard. We have seen our standard. This is still a young group of ours and they are growing. It’s going to take a little while to get there. We’ll get there. We’ve got to do some things better. I thought our effort was good, but I was disappointed in our execution at times. I’m encouraged in some areas and I thought we did some pretty good things. We have to be more aggressive.”
North Carolina broke into the scoring column thanks to a goal in the final minute of the first half at the 44:47 mark. Alex Strickland scored on a header inside the 6-yard box off a cross from Hallie Klanke to give the home team a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
A Duke own goal at the 75:36 mark in the second half resulted in the second score for the Tar Heels to set the margin at 2-0, the eventual final.
Coming off a 22-shot performance in the season opener against La Salle, the Blue Devils only registered two shots in the contest with one in each half. The two attempts marked the fewest shots taken by Duke since Nov. 26, 2016 at West Virginia in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The sophomore duo of Marykate McGuire and Mackenzie Pluck registered Duke’s two attempts.
Duke limited North Carolina to only four second-half shots, as the Tar Heels closed out the competition with 14 shots. North Carolina also held the advantage in corners, 13-1, while each team finished with 11 fouls apiece.
Redshirt junior Brooke Heinsohn provided a valiant effort for the Blue Devils, finishing with four saves on the evening, marking her eighth career game with 4+ saves.
Duke now shifts its focus to the 2019 home opener, facing off against No. 7 Georgetown in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The two teams are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff, Wednesday, Aug. 28, from Koskinen Stadium. The matchup will air live on ACC Network.
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