WILMINGTON, NC August 12, 2014 – Freshman striker Megan Buckingham’s first half goal was all the scoring No. 4 UNC Chapel Hill needed as the Tar Heels edged UNCW, 1-0, in the women’s soccer exhibition opener for both teams Tuesday night at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks play another 6 p.m. home friendly Saturday against Duke, while the Tar Heels return home to entertain Missouri in their final preseason tune up on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
With threatening skies hovering around the coast, the two teams locked up in a defensive battle until Buckingham took a pass from sophomore forward Sarah Ashley Firstenberg in the box and tapped the ball into the right-hand corner of the net at 39:10 to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead at intermission and the only goal of the game.
UNC finished with a 13-1 advantage in shots, but the Seahawks allowed just four on frame. UNCW goalkeepers Carolyn Huddy and Liisa Rahkola, combined for three saves, with each goalie playing one half.
GAME SUMMARY: Shots-UNC 13, UNCW 1; Saves-UNCW 3, UNC 0; Corner Kicks-UNC 8, UNCW 1.