Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Tar Heels pound Fighting Illini, 9-2
by Paul Kennedy, November 17th, 2012 2:49AM

TAGS:  college women


[NORTH CAROLINA-ILLINOIS] North Carolina beat Illinois, 9-2, tying the school record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game and falling one short of the NCAA Tournament record set by Texas A&M in 2004. Seven different Tar Heels scored in UNC’s biggest offensive output since the 2002 season.

Senior Alyssa Rich led the Tar Heels off the bench with two goals and an assist. Kealia Ohai, Ranee Premji, Kelly McFarlane and Katie Bowen each had a goal and an assist.  Summer Green added two assists. Kat Nigro scored her first career goal while both Paige Nielsen and Marina Nesic had their first career assists.
The Fighting Illini had taken a 1-0 lead after 89 seconds as Nicole Breeze scored after taking a through ball from U.S. U-20 Vanessa DiBernardo. It marked the third time in the last four games the Tar Heels have surrendered a goal in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
But Carolina recovered and just over five minutes later equalized when McFarlane scored on a rebound off Green's shot.

DiBernardo was injured in the 29th minute and went off never to return to the game.

Crystal Dunn, DiBernardo's former U.S. U-20 teammate, put the Heels ahead in the 37th minute, and Carolina pulled away with seven second-half goals, two in the first five minutes and four in the first 15 minutes.

"There's no doubt that tonight the wheels fell off the wagon. I am the one who is tasked with making sure the wagon is ready so I take responsibility," said Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield, a UNC alum. "We scored early and soon after we started playing not to lose and there was way too much time for that. We have some young players who learned some great lessons tonight. We will move on and look to be back in this spot better prepared next year. There was great moments from this season that we will remember forever-tonight just won't be one of them."
Email: Send releases to Soccer America
Friend Soccer America
Follow Soccer America Twitter
Sign up College Soccer Reporter

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent College Soccer Reporter
Iowa Central takes first NJCAA DI women's championship    
Iowa Central defeated previously beaten and untied Eastern Florida State, 1-0, in rain-drenched for the NJCAA ...
Blackmore's 34th goal gives Louisburg NJCAA men's title    
English freshman Max Blackmore scored his 34th goal of the season, redirecting a cross from classmate ...
CIS: York repeats as national champion    
York University won Canada's CIS men's national championship for the second year in a row with ...
CCAA: Nine-man Humber claims fifth championship    
Humber, which lost two players to red cards in the first 30 minutes, beat Capilano, 5-3, ...
Texas A&M sends North Carolina packing early    
Texas A&M sent 21-time NCAA champion North Carolina home before the Sweet Sixteen for the first ...
Schedule: NCAA Division I Women's Tournament    
The second round of the NCAA Tournament kicks off on Thursday at Stanford, where the No. ...
Final Soccer America Men's Top 25    
Georgetown is No. 1 in the final Soccer America Men's Top 25 rankings of the regular ...
North Florida and Utah Valley earn first NCAA men's bids    
North Florida (10-6-1) and Utah Valley (14-5-2) are making their first appearance in the NCAA Division ...
Draw: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament    
Wake Forest, the ACC regular-season champion, is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I ...
Brookdale makes history with NJCAA women's three-peat    
Brookdale won its third consecutive NJCAA Division III women's national title with a 1-0 victory over ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives