North Carolina Drops WSU To Open Season
Aug. 29, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash.--- North Carolina took control of its match against Washington State just 28 seconds into the first period and went on to defeat the Cougars 4-0 in front of 1,052 fans at Husky Soccer Field during first-day action at the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge.
The Tar Heels, the top-ranked team in the country according to Soccer America's preseason poll, used a goal by Alyssa Ramsey to take an early 1-0 lead. Ramsey took advantage of a scramble in the Washington State penalty box following a throw-in from senior midfielder Maggie Tomecka. Ramsey finished in the upper-right hand corner of the net just beyond Cougar goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz.
The second UNC goal came at the 11:19 mark when Kacey White passed the ball to Tomecka, who was waiting at the bottom of the Cougar 18-yard box. Tomecka crossed the ball to Lindsay Tarpley, who finished off a header in the upper-left hand corner.
'The first 15 minutes were a lesson for us,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Once we adjusted I thought we showed a lot of character. The second half was definitely more positive. We have a lot of positives to take away from this game and this will only help us in the future. In their credit they are a good team and showed why they have won 17 National titles. We are looking forward to Sunday .'
The Cougars tried to respond as senior forward Rachel Rodrick got the first Cougar shot off when she picked up a misplayed clearance from the UNC defense 35 yards out and took a right-footed blast at Tar Heel keeper Aly Winget.
Tarpley got her second goal of the match 29 minutes in when she dribbled down the middle of the field and ripped a shot just under the Cougar crossbar.
Cougar junior midfielder Cailan McCutchan had another scoring opportunity on WSU's second corner kick in the 40th minute, taking a cross from Rodrick that was headed just over the right-hand post.
Despite the 3-0 halftime deficit, Washington State came out attacking in the second half. Junior Christie Spear had an open look at the goal five minutes in, taking a left-footed volley shot to the lower left-hand corner, forcing Winget to make tough, diving save.
Leibowitz had her share of outstanding saves, including a diving push to deny a shot by Ramsey at the 57:29 mark.
Tarpley would recover a deliver her third goal of the afternoon 22 minutes into the second half.
WSU junior midfielder Sara Silver-Hill missed the final opportunity to put the Cougars on the board with one minute left in the match, hitting a well-placed cross just over the upper right-hand portion of the net.
The Cougars will be looking to bounce back Sunday when they take on Maryland at 11 a.m. on the University of Washington's Husky Soccer Field.