Published: Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012 13:09
In its final pair of matches before Big Sky play, the UNC soccer team fell 1-0 to Drake University Friday and ended in a 1-1 draw Sunday at Nebraska.
The University of Northern Colorado (2-4-2) began the weekend with a 1-0 loss to Drake. Drake junior forward Generve Charles sailed the ball past senior keeper Natalie D’Adamio on a give-and-go play in the eighth minute. Freshman midfielder Rhian Pritchard got an assist for the play.
However, the Bears outplayed the Bulldogs in every other aspect of the game. The Bears had 13 shots to Drake’s seven, with freshman midfielder Rebecca Lancia leading the Bears with three.
UNC also had 10 corner kicks while Drake had only one.
Of the 13 shots, four of them were on goal for UNC. D’Adamio also had two saves in the loss.
Sunday began a lot quicker for the Bears, with senior midfielder JJ Wykstra scoring her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. Sophomore defender Ambree Bellin passed a free kick into the box to junior midfielder Chandler Guetz, who opened the goal with a header, allowing Wykstra to score in the open net.
The Bears kept the lead into the second half, but Nebraska freshman midfielder Caroline Flynn received a cross, tying the game when the ball passed D’Adamio into the goal.
The Bears and Huskers were unable to pass the other team’s goalie the rest of the way, forcing two overtimes before ending in a tie.
The Bears had 13 shots, compared to Nebraska’s 30. D’Adamio had 15 saves in Sunday’s contest.
UNC opens Big Sky play this week at 7 p.m. Friday at Jackson Stadium when it hosts Portland State (2-5-1) and continues by hosting Sacramento State (2-4-2) noon Sunday.