UNC Women Soccer Secures: UNC’s impressive performance against Alabama secured a 1-0 victory in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament. Ally Sentnor’s early goal in the 19th minute proved to be the difference, propelling the Tar Heels to the Round of 16 with a 12-1-8 record. Alabama, concluding its season at 12-5-5, couldn’t muster a shot on goal, a testament to UNC’s formidable defense.
The aggressive start saw UNC applying pressure on Alabama’s defense, forcing three saves in the opening 18 minutes. Sentnor’s decisive goal, assisted by Emerson Elgin, showcased her scoring prowess. The Tar Heels dominated the first half with a 9-2 shot advantage and a 6-0 lead in shots on target.
UNC’s defense continued its excellence, limiting Alabama to only two shots per half, with none on target. This marked the first time all season that Alabama failed to attempt a shot on goal. Despite creating scoring chances in the second half, UNC couldn’t add to their lead, securing the win with the early goal.
Ally Sentnor, with a team-high 23 points, now has nine goals, tying for the team lead. She has scored in four consecutive matches and has seven NCAA Tournament goals.
UNC’s defense held Alabama without a shot on goal, the second time this season achieving such a feat.
Tori Dellaperuta led with three shots, while both she and Sentnor had two shots on target.
UNC ended the match with six corners to Alabama’s two. Notably, the Tar Heels have an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 146-17-5.
UNC advances to the Round of 16, maintaining their dominance in the NCAA Tournament. With a storied history, including 21 NCAA titles, they remain a formidable force. The Tar Heels, the only team to appear in all 42 NCAA Tournaments, have their sights set on further success in Lubbock, Texas, awaiting the winner of Texas Tech vs. Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) at John Walker Soccer Complex.
Our Reader’s Queries
What happened to UNC women’s soccer?
UNC women’s soccer team’s season came to an end when they surrendered a three-goal comeback in the NCAA tournament. The team faced off against Towson in the first-round NCAA Division I game on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Dorrance Field.
Does UNC have a good women’s soccer program?
The North Carolina Tar Heels women’s soccer team plays for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the NCAA Division I soccer. They’ve nabbed 22 out of 35 Atlantic Coast Conference titles and 21 out of 41 NCAA national championships.
What conference is UNC women’s soccer?
The Tar Heels finished their season with an impressive 13-2-8 overall record, going 5-0-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference games. UNC stands as the exclusive team to have participated in all 42 NCAA Tournaments.
What is the UNC women’s soccer recruiting class for 2024?
The Tar Heels’ new recruits – Emeri Adames, Kennedy Fuller, Bella Gaetino, Claire Hutton, Caitlin Mara, Ashley Pennie, and Linda Ullmark bring a mix of talent from five different states. This standout class includes five midfielders, one defender, and one forward, making it a force to be reckoned with. Top Drawer Soccer ranks UNC’s seven-player group as the second best in the nation.