CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sophomore Brooke Elby scored 38 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon to lift the 19th-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the University of Montreal in an exhibition match at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 1,211 fans.
Elby's looping shot from just outside the penalty area on the left side ended a string of 382 successive minutes for the Tar Heels without a goal, dating back to an exhibition match against UNC Wilmington on August 8. After outshooting the Carabins 19-2 in regulation and having nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, UNC tallied just seconds into extra time thanks to Elby's shot and some nice possession work by freshman midfielder Kat Nigro.
Taking the opening kickoff of the overtime, Nigro worked the ball down the left side, eluded a defender and dribbled the ball into the box. She touched it back to Maria Lubrano who saw Elby unmarked on the left side. Lubrano one-timed it to Elby whose shot from distance flew over Montreal goalkeeper Martine Julien into the upper right 90 of the frame.
Julien had been brilliant in regular time, repeatedly frustrating the Tar Heels by making eight saves. All told, UNC outshot the Carabins 20-2, including a 10-1 edge in shots on goal. Carolina also had seven corner kicks to none for Montreal.
Senior Hannah Daly went the whole way in goal for the Tar Heels and made one save.
The game concluded the 2012 Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field. On Friday, top-ranked Duke defeated Montreal 5-1 while UNC and 20th-ranked Florida played to a 0-0 tie after a pair of overtime frames.
Sunday's action saw the 20th-ranked Gators upset the #1 Blue Devils 3-2 in overtime. Duke built a 2-0 first half lead only to see the Gators stage a furious rally to earn the victory.The Tar Heels return to action on Friday when they play Connecticut in Notre Dame, Ind., at 5 p.m. in the 2012 Notre Dame adidas Classic. The Tar Heels will then meet the host Fighting Irish next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before returning to Chapel Hill for Labor Day. UNC's final non-conference games will be played at the Duke Nike Classic on September 7 and 9 against Marquette and the University of San Diego.