College Soccer: Duke men, women win, UNC women win, men ppd.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 09:06 PM

Senior forward Kealia Ohai had a goal and an assist to lead No. 1-ranked North Carolina to a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw State Sunday at Fetzer Field.  

With the win, the Tar Heels finished the weekend 2-0 in the Carolina Nike Classic and improved to 4-0 on the season.

Sophomore Paige Nielsen had the game-winning goal for the Tar Heels in the last minute of the first half before Summer Green and Kealia Ohai scored second-half goal to salt away the victory.  

The Tar Heels outshot the Owls 20-2 on the afternoon while using 24 players in the game.  

With the exception of goalkeeper Lindsey Harris, the other 23 players on the Carolina roster all saw at least 15 minutes in the match.

Also Sunday, the nationally 12th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team registered its third shutout of the season as the Blue Devils downed New Mexico 1-0 Sunday at the UNC Nike Classic.

Duke improved to 3-1 and notched its third 1-0 victory of the season. New Mexico fell to 1-3.

“I thought we played some great soccer today,” said Duke head coach Robbie Church.  “The first 25 minutes was unbelievable.  We are just not scoring goals.  We left New Mexico alive as we should have been up four or five at halftime.”

Duke got on the board in the 20th minute as senior Mollie Pathman fired a cross in from the left side to senior Kaitlyn Kerr. Kerr blasted a shot that bounced off New Mexico keeper Cassie Ulrich.  Kerr grabbed the rebound and one-timed it into the back of the net for her first goal of the season and 24th of her career.

“Mollie had a great play in there as I was just kind of getting in there for the rebound,” Kerr of her former Durham Academy teammate. “I was lucky enough to put it in.  Our team played great the whole half leading up to it.  I think it was a by-product to the team playing awesome.”

Redshirt sophomore Ali Kershner collected her second shutout of the season in her second start in goal as she notched two saves over 90 minutes. Ulrich added 13 saves for the Lobos.

COMING UP — Duke will host the Duke Nike Classic Friday and Sunday featuring four teams ranked in the top 12 nationally — North Carolina (1), UCLA (2), West Virginia (10) and Duke (12).  

Duke will open the classic on Friday hosting West Virginia at 6 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium followed by North Carolina vs. UCLA at 8 p.m.  On Sunday, the Tar Heels will take on West Virginia at 11 a.m. and the Blue Devils will host UCLA at 1 p.m.

Men's Soccer

Duke 2, Northeastern 0

DURHAM — For the second consecutive game, sophomore midfielder Zach Mathers scored a crucial second-half goal as he helped the Blue Devils to a 2-0 victory over Northeastern in the 2013 John Rennie Nike Classic.

Duke finishing 1-0-1 on the weekend to captured the tournament title with Mathers collecting MVP honors.

“We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend,” said head coach John Kerr. “We gained a lot of confidence in our play against Rutgers (1-1 tie) on Friday night. Today’s game was disjointed due to the heat, due to the tactics of the other team. They’re a tough team, a very good team. At the end of the day we came out with the right result.”

Mathers broke open a scoreless tie in the 72nd minute when freshmen Seo-In Kim served a ball across the top of the penalty area. Rookie Jimmy Doll smartly dummied the ball to a wide-open Mathers who put it back Northeastern goalie Dylan Faber for what proved to be the game winner.

The goal was the second of the weekend for Mathers, while both Kim and Doll register their first collegiate points. Mathers tied Friday’s game against Rutgers, 1-1, with a goal in the final 13 seconds of regulation.

UNC-Coastal postponed

CHAPEL HILL — Sunday night’s men’s soccer match between No. 4-ranked North Carolina and No. 13 Coastal Carolina in the finale of the Carolina Nike Classic was postponed after severe thunderstorms pummeled the area.

UNC announced late Sunday that the game will be played at 10:30 a.m. today at UNC's Fetzer Field.