Published: Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 04:10
The UNC soccer team played an aggressive, physical game against North Dakota Friday, applying almost constant pressure in a 3-0 win at Jackson Stadium.
In the 25th minute, senior midfielder Alexsys Tamayo scored though heavy traffic off an assist from junior forward Brittany Dunn, putting the Bears (5-4-2, 3-0 Big Sky) on the scoreboard. The goal was an important one for Tamayo, who had been recovering from a hamstring injury prior to Friday night.
“I’ve been injured for a majority of the season so far, but I’m coming back slowly but surely,” she said. “It was great, coming in and scoring right off the bat.”
Although Tamayo said she isn’t 100 percent, the speed Tamayo does have is important for the team, as the goal illustrated.
“Alexsys is one of the fastest kids on the team — on a team with quite a few fast kids,” head coach Tim Barrera said.
The second half allowed for two more Bear goals, the first by sophomore forward Madison Yoswa, with Dunn assisting again, in the 63rd minute.
“Once the second goal came, there was a momentum shift,” Dunn said. “(North Dakota) definitely let down after the second goal.”
Junior forward Mallory Van Hout scored the final goal in the 88th minute off a corner kick by senior midfielder Laura Vallen.
UNC senior goalkeeper Natalie D’Adamio didn’t have much to worry about Friday as the offense kept pressure on UND (2-7-1, 0-3) sophomore keeper Kristi Hestdalen with 16 shots in the game. D’Adamio, by comparison, only faced nine shots, four of which were on goal.
UNC remains undefeated in conference play so far this season and has yet to allow a goal to a Big Sky team. Barrera said he feels the Bears capitalized well on the opportunities they have had this season.
“You have to hold serve at home,” he said. “The road in the Big Sky Conference can be a long one. There’s [sic] a lot of different surfaces and a lot of different fields. You have to win at home.”
By all accounts, the third conference victory in a row is contributing to UNC heading out onto the road with their heads held high.
“This gets our confidence up,” Dunn said. “It shows we can play these teams.”
The Bears hit the road this weekend for a pair of matches, the first at 3 p.m. Friday against the University of Montana (5-5-2, 1-1-1) in Missoula, Mont., and the second at noon Sunday at Eastern Washington (4-5-2, 1-1-1) in Cheney, Wash.