A bad thunderstorm Friday night delayed the UNC women’s soccer game two and a half hours. The game kicked off around 7:30 after the weather finally cleared up. The Tar Heels, though, made sure the thunder and lightning stayed.
Carolina rained goals in a 5-0 victory over Auburn in the opening game of the Duke Nike Classic, a four-team showcase hosted by Duke that also included UNCW. Joanna Boyles led the Tar Heel assault with two goals, while goalie Samantha Leshnak provided the team’s first shutout of the season. The defensive dominance continued on Sunday, as the Tar Heels conceded just two shots and one shot on goal in a 2-0 win over UNCW.
Coach Anson Dorrance was pleased with his team’s defensive performance over the weekend. “The first thing we’re going to take from this weekend is that we finally got a couple shutouts,” he said Sunday. “That was good, because we’ve been leaking goals. A couple of games, we gave up two goals, which is unacceptable. I think we’re a little bit better organized now.”
The Tar Heels’ stifling defense was complemented by an offense that looks like one of the best in the country. “I thought the finishing against Auburn was extraordinary,” Dorrance said. “We’ve got some wonderful talent.”
Carolina, which entered the showcase ranked #9 by United Soccer Coaches, is sure to climb in the polls after the impressive weekend. “I’m really happy with where we are and the fact that we’re continuing to get better,” Dorrance said. “We’re starting to play together now. I think this is all certainly very good for us, so I’m excited.”
That the Tar Heels may only be getting better –the team had 16 shots against UNCW before conceding their first and finished with a 23-2 advantage in that category– is a scary thought for opponents. The Carolina storm is only getting stronger.