Posted On: October 17, 2015
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A goal by Imani Dorsey with less than two minutes left in the first half was the difference in the game as the seventh-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team fell to arch-rival Duke 1-0 at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 4,011.
With the win the Blue Devils improved to 8-4-4 on the season and 2-2-3 in the ACC while Carolina fell to 11-3-1 overall and 4-3-0 in the ACC. After being ranked #1 in the nation last week, the Tar Heels have dropped three games in a row to Louisville, Florida State and Duke, the last two results by 1-0 margins.
Duke dominated the final 20 minutes of the first half, putting constant pressure on the Tar Heel net. In the 31st minute Tar Heel starting goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin had to come up big, stopping a shot by Kayla McCoy from 10 yards after she took a through ball and slipped behind the UNC defense. Duke had similar opportunity wiped out by an offside call before the Blue Devils broke through at 43:15 with Dorsey's second goal of the year off an assist by Ashton Miller. Miller sent a ball from the left side of the pitch over the back line to Dorsey who scored from the right side of the box from 12 yards, going top shelf over Heaberlin.
The game marked only the third victory by the Blue Devils in the 41-game history of the series. The Tar Heels now lead the series 37-3-1. All three Duke wins and the tie have come in games at Fetzer Field. Duke won at Fetzer in 1994, 2005 and 2015 and the tie came in 2002.
Despite being outshot 10-6 in the second half, the Blue Devils made the lead stand up. Duke starters played all but 13 minutes in the game while Carolina made liberal use of its bench in an effort to break through Duke's solid back line. The shutout was Duke's 10th in 15 games this season.
Carolina's best chances to score in the second half came from Joanna Boyles but Duke goalkeeper E.J. Proctor saved her shot at 78:54 and Boyles' header off a free kick at 86:26 went just wide. Duke also had some excellent chances to increase its lead in the second half. Taylor Racioppi hit the right post at 56:55 and Toni Payne and Imani Dorsey had shots go wide in the 80th and 82nd minutes.
The loss was the third in a row for Carolina. That has happened only once previously in Carolina's 37-year history. The Tar Heels dropped their final two games of the 2011 regular season to Virginia Tech and Duke before falling to Florida State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Things get no easier for the Tar Heels next week as they play host to #14 Notre Dame Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field on ESPN3. The Tar Heels will host seventh-ranked Clemson next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in a game to be aired on GoHeelsTV.