The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team picked up its second win of the weekend over a ranked team Sunday with a 2-1 victory against No. 13 Wake Forest on a chilly afternoon at Kentner Stadium. Tar Heel sophomore Charlotte Craddock scored twice in the first 17 minutes of the game and Carolina held on for the win.
"It was a classic Carolina-Wake battle - both teams played very hard and Wake fought to the end," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We did a good job early, but Wake kept coming and coming."
UNC improved to 7-1 with the victory, which followed a 3-2 win against No. 8 Old Dominion on Friday. Wake Forest fell to 3-4.
Although against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, Sunday's game does not count in the ACC standings. UNC and Wake Forest choose to play an additional game against each other each year in addition to the ACC matchup. This year's designated conference game is the meeting in Chapel Hill on Sept. 29.
UNC's first goal came just under nine minutes into the game, when Craddock connected on an unassisted shot from the right side of the circle.
Eight minutes later she scored again, this time from the right post on a pass from senior Kelsey Kolojejchick, who leads the team in assists with 11.
Wake's goal came with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Sophomore Anna Kuzniuk, the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, shot from the top of the circle to put her team on the board.
UNC led 18-6 in shots and 10-3 in corners.
Next up for the Tar Heels is the ACC opener on Friday at Duke. Game time at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham is 6 p.m.
No. 1 UNC 2, No. 13 Wake Forest 1
Shots: UNC 18 (6/12), WFU 6 (2/4)
Penalty corners: UNC 10 (3/7), WFU 3 (2/1)
Saves: UNC 3 (Sassi Ammer, 65:46, 3 saves, 1 goal allowed); WFU 7 (Kaitlyn Ruhf, 70:00, 7 saves, 2 goals allowed)Records: UNC 7-1, WFU 3-4