Women's College Thursday: North Carolina and Florida State win battles of ranked teams

No. 2 North Carolina scored two goals 82 seconds part late in the first half and cruised to a 4-0 win over No. 13 Wake Forest, handing the Demon Deacons their first loss of the season.

Zoe Redei and Ru Mucherera gave the Tar Heels the lead with goals in the 36th and 37th minute, and Alessia Russo put the game away with a pair of second-half goals.

Wake entered game having allowed just one goal on the season, but its defense collapsed under the assault from UNC, which improved to 7-0-0 on the season.

Florida State-Colorado. In a match that saw eight yellow cards and a red card, the difference was how the three penalties broke -- two to No. 6 Florida State and one to No. 17 Colorado. The Seminoles won, 3-2, in overtime.

Venezuelan international Deyna Castellanos and freshman Jenna Nighswonger scored goals from the penalty spot to put FSU ahead, 2-1, but the Buffaloes evened the score with a spot kick of their own on Taylor Kornieck's second goal of the game. Nighswonger's golden goal with 12 seconds left in the first overtime decided the game.

"We know that Jenna is a special talent," head coach Mark Krikorian said. "All through the recruiting process, the thing that we really liked about her was that what you saw tonight is what we saw in the recruiting process. When the game is on the line, she's the one that's going to change the game. She stepped forward today in a big moment and buried the very good finish at the end."

BYU-Texas A&M. No. 10 Texas A&M fell for the first time in seven games when it dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 18 BYU before 3,712 fans in Provo. The Cougars, who are 5-0-0, got two goals from Elise Flake in a span of three minutes late in the first half.

Aggies coach G Guerrieri was full of praise for BYU:  “First and foremost, the Cougars are a really good team. They played great tonight. They played us off the park. They were terrific all over the field."

Photo: Ken Lanease

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