Continuing today and concluding on July 18, GoHeels.com will count down the top 25 games of the 2013-14 academic year. To catch up on the previous entries, click here.
No. 10: Carolina 3, Duke 0 - Women's Soccer, Oct. 31, 2013
Following a 2-0 loss to Virginia on Oct. 20, Carolina entered the final 10 days of the 2013 regular season with some work to do to guarantee a home game in the ACC quarterfinals. Wins over Clemson and Wake Forest put the Tar Heels in good shape for a coveted top-4 seed, but an emphatic win over Duke in the regular season finale ensured that Fetzer Field would host games into November.
Conference expansion has led ACC women's soccer to Thursday-Sunday schedule in recent years, which meant that the 2013 closer would fall on Halloween night. A festive holiday crowd on what is always a weird and wild time to be in Chapel Hill and a dominant performance from the defending national champions ensured that the latest Carolina-Duke encounter would be a memorable one.
The Tar Heels pummeled their closest neighbors in the first half to the tune of a 16-1 shot advantage, but the No. 25 Blue Devils and keeper Meghan Thomas kept Carolina at bay for most of the stanza. In a season that saw UNC lean heavily upon seniors Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai, however, it was a freshman who got the breakthrough.
Cameron Castleberry entered the game in the 36th minute and immediately got on the end of a flick from Kelly McFarlane. Her first touch of the match settled the ball and her second sent it into the upper right corner of Thomas' goal to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead. The goal was Castleberry's first of the season and gave the hosts a much-deserved lead at the break.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Brooke Elby doubled Carolina's lead with a perfectly positioned side-footed effort into the lower left corner. This was a classic UNC goal, as Megan Brigman and Summer Green disected a Duke defense of no fewer than eight blue shirts in the area before finding Elby to slot home from 20 yards out.
Dunn was the creator of the final UNC goal. The Tar Heel star took a pass from Green and turned toward goal before being hauled down in the box for a penalty. Green handled the spot kick, coolly hammering it past a diving Thomas to give Carolina a convincing win to conclude the regular season.
Despite the relative ease of the victory, this was an in-form Duke side that had won three straight and had gone unbeaten in its last five. But the Tar Heels were dominant from start to finish, outshooting the Blue Devils 19-2 and holding a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks. The goalkeeping duo of Anna Sieloff and Bryane Heaberlin was forced into just one save, Heaberlin's second-half stop of a Laura Weinberg effort.
While Carolina would ultimately come up just short of its annual goal of a national title, the Halloween night win over Duke proved once again that in women's soccer, all roads lead to Fetzer Field.
No. 11: Carolina Completes Road Sweep Of Duke And NC State - Women's Basketball, Feb. 10 and 16, 2014
No. 12: Carolina 11, Maryland 8 - Men's Lacrosse, March 22, 2014
No. 13: Carolina 4, Virginia 2 - Baseball, April 20, 2014
No. 14: Carolina 4, Duke 1 - Men's Tennis, April 26, 2014
No. 15: Carolina 1, Virginia 0 - Men's Soccer, Nov. 1, 2013
No. 16: Carolina 45, Virginia 14 - Football, Nov. 9, 2013
No. 17: Carolina 17, Maryland 15 - Women's Lacrosse, April 5, 2014
No. 18: Carolina 2, Connecticut 1 - Field Hockey, Oct. 26, 2013
No. 19: Henderson's All-America Run At NCAAs - Wrestling, March 20-22, 2014
No. 20: Carolina 5, Virginia 2 - Women's Tennis, March 8, 2014
No. 21: Carolina 3, Illinois 0 - Volleyball, Sept. 20, 2013
No. 22: Carolina 93, Louisville 84 - Men's Basketball, Nov. 24, 2013
No. 23: Carolina Men, Annie LeHardy Shine At XC Nationals - Cross Country, Nov. 23, 2013
No. 24: Carolina Sweeps Rivals To End Home Schedule - Men's Swimming and Diving, Jan. 25 and 31, 2014
No. 25: Carolina 12, Virginia Tech 8 - Softball, March 2, 2014