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Tar Heels Happenings 9/16-9/20: UNC falls to TCU, wins Horned Frogs Challenge

Tar Heels athletics results from September 16-20.

Providence v North Carolina Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Friday, September 16

Volleyball: W 3-0 vs. Sam Houston State

UNC opened up the TCU Horned Frogs Challenge with a sweep of Sam Houston State in Forth Worth, Texas. Taylor Leath contributed eight kills and 17 digs, and Beth Nordhorn had nine kills to lead the team. Abigail Curry had 22 assists and 11 digs on the day.

Field Hockey: L 1-2 vs. Boston College

This was one of those games where a No. 3 somehow falls to a No. 18 as UNC lost to Boston College on Friday. North Carolina made 17 shots against BC’s nine, but it just wasn’t their night. Lauren Moyer scored at 17 minutes with an assist from Ashley Hoffman, but North Carolina was shutout from there as goalkeeper Audra Hampsch made fives saves over the full game. The Eagles scored in the 26th minute and again in the 54th minute to gain the lead. Both UNC goalkeepers allowed a goal, but at least Shannon Johnson made two saves.

Women’s Soccer: L 0-1 vs. NC State

NC State upset the No. 7 UNC women’s team in amazing fashion when Kia Rankin scored on Lindsey Harris in the 66th minute. The Tar Heels had plenty of chances over the course of the game as the Wolfpack committed seven penalties in the second half alone, but Sydney Wooten made six saves to keep them off the board. UNC had eight shots on goal altogether with Zoe Redei accounting for three of them and S.A. Firstenberg for two.

Cross Country: Adidas XC Challenge

Caroline Alcorta won the women’s 5k with a time of 16:42 to earn ACC Cross Country Performer of the Week. Her time was a personal best and a whole 10 seconds better than second place. Fellow Tar Heel Morgan Ilse came in third with a time of 17:00. UNC ultimately came in second overall with 54 point, losing out to NC State.

Men’s Soccer: W 1-0 vs. Pitt

No. 1 UNC made easy work of the Panthers, needing only one goal against their opponents. Walker Hume scored in the 36th minute off an assist from Cam Lindley. Nils Bruening had three shots on goal while Lindley had two.

Saturday, September 17

Volleyball: W 3-0 vs. SMU

In their second match of the TCU Horned Frogs Challenge, SMU didn’t stand a chance. Taylor Leath led the way with 13 kills while Julia Scoles had 10 kills, three service aces, and nine digs. Abigail Curry helped out with 15 assists and five digs, and Mariah Evans had 12 assists with eight digs. This victory sent the Tar Heels to the finals up against TCU only hours later.

Volleyball: L 2-3 vs. TCU

In the end, TCU came out on top in a hard-fought battle that went back and forth over five sets. Taylor Leath’s 12 kills and 10 digs capped off an MVP-effort for the invitational. Taylor Borup had 11 kills overall, while Julia Scoles had 11 kills, four aces, and seven digs. Abigail Curry contributed with 29 assists and 13 digs, Mariah Evans had 25 of her own assists and nine digs, and Sheila Doyle added 23 digs of her own. Despite losing the match, UNC was still the winner of the Horned Frogs Challenge because they won the most sets overall.

Sunday, September 18

Field Hockey: W 3-1 vs. Maine

After a tough loss on Friday, UNC rebounded against the No. 20 ranked Maine. Lauren Moyer scored just seven minutes into the start of the game with assists from Julia Young and Gab Major. UM tied the game 10 minutes later, but Moyer managed to score again at 20 minutes off an assist from Emma Bozek. Redshirt freshman Catherine Hayden added another goal in the 43rd minute to cement the lead. Shannon Johnson made two saves, allowing one in the first half of the game.

Tuesday, September 20

Men’s Soccer: W 4-1 vs. William & Mary

UNC came out on top after outscoring their opponent 4-1. Jeremy Kelly scored at 12 minutes in thanks to assists from Zach Wright and Cam Lindley. Wright then scored four minutes later with an assist from Jelani Pieters. The Hume brothers also played a big part in this game, helping to solidify the lead. Tucker Hume scored in the 55th minute off an assist from Alan Winn, and Walker Hume scored in the 71st minute thanks to assists from Colton Storm and Lindley. James Pyle made three saves on the night, allowing one goal in 90 minutes of play.