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Nov. 2, 1997

Virginia Women's Soccer Falls To North Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior defender Staci Wilson, senior forward Robin Confer and sophomore forward Helen Lawler all scored goals as top-ranked North Carolina downed the ninth-ranked University of Virginia women's soccer team 3-0 at Kloeckner Stadium. The Tar Heels dominated play for most of the game, outshooting the Cavaliers 17-5 and holding a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. North Carolina improves to 19-0-1 overall and 7-0-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Virginia falls to 13-3-2 overall and 4-3-0 in the ACC.

The Tar Heels opened the scoring at the 17:59 mark on an unassisted goal by Wilson. After a corner kick by Confer, a UVa defender attempted to head the ball out of the penalty box, but the ball went right to Wilson. She headed it into the net from 12 yards out in the left center. North Carolina increased the lead to 2-0 at the 73:56 mark on a goal by Confer. Junior forward Rakel Karvelsson had the ball in the right corner and played it to Lawler in the right side of the box. Lawler then passed to Confer, who knocked it in from 12 yards out in the center.

The Tar Heels' final goal was scored by Lawler at the 84:11 mark. Karvelsson played the ball to sophomore defender Lorrie Fair in the left side of the box, where she took a shot from 14 yards out. Fair's shot was going wide right, but Lawler ran onto it at the right post and knocked it off a Cavalier defender and into the net. North Carolina almost scored on two other occasions in the game, but was called offside both times before putting the ball in the net.

Both teams will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 6, when they play in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Cavaliers will face either Clemson or Maryland at 3:00 p.m.


North Carolina 3, Virginia 0
North Carolina (19-0-1)     1   2   -   3
Virginia (13-3-2)           0   0   -   0
Scoring: North Carolina - Staci Wilson 17:59;
 North Carolina - Robin Confer (Helen Lawler, Rakel Karvelsson) 73:56; 
 North Carolina - Helen Lawler (Lorrie Fair, Rakel Karvelsson) 84:11.
Shots: North Carolina 17, Virginia 5; 
Saves: North Carolina 2 (Gretchen Overgaard 2), Virginia 2 (Brit Swenberg 2); 
Corner Kicks: North Carolina 6, Virginia 2; 
Fouls: North Carolina 10, Virginia 13; Offsides: North Carolina 4, Virginia 1; 
Attendance: 1,388.

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