Nov. 20, 2011
Post-Game Press Conference With Dorrance, Jones and Brooks (mp3) | UNC-UCF Box Score
GAINESVILLE, FLA. - No. 19 North Carolina fell to UCF 5-4 Sunday afternoon in sudden death penalty kicks in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. This marks the second successive year the Tar Heels have been eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The match went to penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods. The Knights advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to play at Wake Forest next weekend. UNC ends its season at 13-5-2 while UCF is now 14-4-6.
In the shootout, UNC's Maria Lubrano, Courtney Jones, Alyssa Rich and Amber Brooks made their tries while UCF's Jennifer Martin, Tishia Jewell, Ashley Nicol and Stacie Hubbard were successful for UCF. Anna Sieloff of Carolina and Aline Reis of UCF each made one save in the regulation part of the shootout (first five kicks).
In the sudden death shootout's first round (sixth kick overall), UCF's Bianca Joswiak made her shot while Reis saved Ranee Premji's for UNC, setting off a joyous celebration for the Knights who are now 0-16-4 all-time against the Tar Heels.
It was only the second penalty kick shootout in UNC history in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are now 0-2 in shootouts.
Neither team scored in the first half of play as the Knights outshot the Tar Heels 3-2 in the opening 45 minutes. The Tar Heels had two good chances to score in the first half. With 22 minutes left in the first half, UCF goalkeeper Aline Reis made a diving save on a shot by Kealia Ohai from 22 yards out, diving to her left and knocking the ball over the end line for a corner kick. About a minute later, Ranee Premji had a shot from the top of the 18-yard box clang off the underside of the cross bar and bounce back into play.
With 38 minutes left in the second half the Tar Heels appeared to have a chance to go ahead on an own goal by the Knights as Bianca Joswiak's missed clearance clanged under the bar and bounced away. Three minutes later, the Knights had an open chance in the box but Nicolette Radovcic sent her shot to the right of the post.
UCF took the lead with 18:48 to play on a 22-yard strike by Kristina Trujic, her fourth goal of the year. That ball was centered from the left side by Bianca Joswiak to Trujic who was unmarked in front of the goal and struck a rocket into the upper right corner beyond the outstretched hands of Anna Sieloff.
The Tar Heels tied the game with 5:25 to play on Crystal Dunn's third goal of the season assisted by Courtney Jones. The Tar Heels drew a throw in deep in the Knights' defensive end and Jones' throw in was perfect, finding Crystal Dunn in the middle of the penalty area and she redirected it from the six-yard into the left side of the frame.
Regulation ended with the Tar Heels having an 11-9 edge in shots in the game.
Neither team scored in the two golden goal overtime periods and the match went to penalty kicks. It was only the sixth penalty kick shootout for the Tar Heels in history. UNC was 1-3 in ACC Tournament PK shootouts going into this match and 0-1 in NCAA Tournament PK shootouts, the only previous one being against Florida State in the NCAA quarterfinals in Chapel Hill in 2005.