WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – With goals from four different players, the second-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat No. 12 Iowa 5-0 Sunday to go 2-0 in ACC-Big Ten Challenge play for the fourth year in a row. UNC improved to 2-0 on the season with the win, while Iowa fell to 1-1.
“The game was very pleasing from a coaches’ perspective and I think we played much better today,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “We were very worried about Iowa – they beat a strong Wake Forest team (yesterday). But we felt like we had a good start against them, we scored early and took them out of their game plan from the very beginning.
“I was proud of the team. It was a great opening weekend for the Tar Heels, everybody had a chance to play and it was a great team effort on a beautiful sunny day.”
Tar Heel sophomore Loren Shealy scored the gamewinner just 2:26 into the contest, deflecting a ball past Iowa goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw for her first score of the season. Senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany had the next two goals, both deflections on penalty corners. The first was on a ball from senior Kelsey Kolojejchick in the 10th minute of play, and the second came from senior Caitlin Van Sickle in the 21st minute, bringing her season total to a team-high four. In the 23rd minute, freshman Emma Bozek scored on a pass from senior Kelsey Kolojejchick to put the Heels up 4-0 at the break.
Carolina added its fifth goal on one of its three second-half penalty corners. Sophomore Abby Frey handled the push-in then hustled to the left side of the cage to deflect in a shot from Van Sickle and put the score at 5-0.
UNC outshot Iowa 23-5 and led 6-1 in penalty corners.
Tar Heel sophomore Sassi Ammer started in goal and played the first half, making one save. Senior Caitlin Powers had one save in the second half. Iowa’s McGraw finished with nine saves and five goals allowed.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a trip to face Syracuse, ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches’ poll. UNC plays the Orange on Saturday and faces Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., on Sunday.
No. 2 North Carolina 5, No. 12 Iowa 0
Scoring: UNC – Loren Shealy (Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany), 2:26; UNC – Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany (Kelsey Kolojejchick), 9:50; UNC – Gaudioso Radvany (Caitlin Van Sickle), 20:47; UNC – Emma Bozek (Kelsey Kolojejchick), 22:38; UNC – Abby Frey (Van Sickle), 48:33
Shots: UNC 23 (10/13); Iowa 5 (3/2)
Penalty corners: UNC 6 (3/3); Iowa 1 (1/0)
Records: UNC 2-0, Iowa 1-1