Women’s Soccer Posts 2-0 Shutout Victory Over BYU

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The No. 10 North Carolina women’s soccer team scored on either side of halftime in an exhibition game at Dorrance Field Saturday to defeat No. 3 BYU 2-0.

The Tar Heels finished the exhibition season with a 2–0 record and recorded two clean sheets. UNC, who defeated VCU 5-0 in their exhibition opening game earlier in the week, beat their two opponents by a total of 65-11.

“It’s our defensive pressure,” UNC head coach Anson Dorrance said. “Our kids are working to win the ball back. I want to find recognition [coach] Damon Nahas for all the work he is doing to make us a very dangerous attacking team and to make us a very demanding team. We’re not there yet, but there have been some very good moments.

“I’m very proud of where we are now, but also of where we’re going.”

Sam Mesa found Tori Dellaperuta charged at goal and the newcomer drilled the ball into the back net for the opening goal in the 12th minuteth Minute.

The Tar Heels limited BYU to just two shots in the first half and led 1-0 at the break.

UNC doubled their lead in less than three minutes into the second half Avery Patterson hit the loose ball in the penalty area into the goal.

“It bounced around the box and I happened to put my foot on it,” Patterson said. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”

More than two dozen players took part in the game, nine of whom fired multiple shots. UNC ended with 26 shot attempts, including 11 on target, while BYU had a total of six attempts.

“It was fantastic that BYU came here to play us,” said Dorrance. “They wanted to see where they needed some work and we wanted to see where we needed some work. In the first half, even though we were 1-0 up, I didn’t think we had the game under control. I think in the second half we wore them down and gained control. They’re a strong team, their kids fight, their kids get to play, and I give them all the credit.

“We knew from the effectiveness of our recruiting that we would have two starting formations and tonight we played against three,” said Dorrance. “This is a talented team and a deep team, and it has a nice range of seniority and youth.”

Carolina will open the regular season Thursday, August 18 against No. 11 Tennessee at 7 p.m. at Dorrance Field. The game will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra.

Season passes are available at goheels.com and start at $64 for general admission and $80 for reserved seating. Special pricing is available for UNC faculty and staff who wish to purchase reserved seating by contacting the UNC Athletics Ticket Office. Season ticket holders will gain access to the McCaskill Building to see Carolina Soccer’s historic excellence and achievements up close, and will also be invited to join host Freddie Kiger as he speaks with the legendary head coach Anson Dorrance about this year’s team, past seasons and his journey to Carolina Soccer.

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