UNC clears NC status for program’s 400th home win

CHAPEL HILL, North CarolinaEmily Murphy and Avery Patterson each scored and No. 5 North Carolina defeated NC State 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Dorrance Field, recording the program’s 400th all-time home win.

The Tar Heels have played 450 home games since the program began in 1979 and amassed a record 400-32-18 in those games. Carolina has outscored opponents by a margin of 1,714-232 in those 450 games.

Murphy gave Carolina (11-3, 4-2 ACC) all the offense it needed by directing a deflected corner kick twice into the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

“It would have been a completely different half-time conversation if we hadn’t scored in the first-half death, so that was a very important goal.

“I was happy with our performance from start to finish. From time to time, like we did against Pitt when you shoot well. Today we didn’t shoot well. The first goal was a sort of garbage in the mouth of the goal. The second goal was magnificent. Avery buries it and separates us at the start of the second half.”

Patterson scored on a 22-yard strike in the 46th minute to give the Tar Heels a two-goal lead 23 seconds into the second half.

“We always talk about the fact that one game is basically two,” Patterson said. “The first half is our first game, and the second half is our second. We go out in the second half with the same mentality as in the first. I had the ball in midfield, I saw an opportunity and passed it on Ally Sentnor “I knew she was going to pass it to me.

“I think [shooting near post] gets guards sometimes. They don’t think you’re going to go, so when you do, they’re surprised. I think I caught her off guard.”

UNC fired a season-high 29 shots, including 12 on the frame, while limiting NC State (7-5-3, 2-4) to just three shots. Maria Echezarreta made a career-high 10 saves for the Wolfpack, while Emmie Allen recorded his third solo shutout of the season, denying both shots faced.

Carolina returns to action Friday, October 14 against Wake Forest. This will be the Tar Heels’ final regular season game at Dorrance Field and the final home game for nine Tar Heel seniors. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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