Sentnor Scores In Debut To Give Women’s Soccer A Win Over UNCW

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Redshirt freshman Ally Sentnor scored the game-winning goal in her UNC regular season debut Sunday afternoon to lead the No. 10 Tar Heels to a 2-0 victory over visiting UNCW at Dorrance Field.

Sentnor missed the entire 2021 season after sustaining a season-ending injury in a preseason exhibition match against UNCW.

“That’s who she is,” UNC head coach Anson Dorrance said. “She scores a nice goal, just smashes it through the goalkeeper. That’s what she is going to do for us. That’s what we missed last year.

“There is a certain sense of poetic justice for her to be back for this game and to also score a goal.”

She returned to the team on Friday after playing spending the previous three weeks competing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with Team USA in Costa Rica.

“It’s so great to be back and it’s so awesome to bring whatever I can to the team,” Sentnor

said. “This was my first time playing on this field and it was incredible. The fans were great, and I just credit my teammates, I couldn’t have done it without them.” Sentnor scored in the 33rd minute, firing a shot inside the box that sailed past the outstretched arm of UNCW goalkeeper Blair Barefoot.

Senior Emily Moxley dropped off a pass along the far side and then Sentnor went to work, beating her defender off the dribble to get in position to score.

“I saw her wide open and I knew she could score from there,” Moxley said. “I made a run in behind to make space for and she scored it.”

Sophomore Emily Murphy scored the other goal in the 73rd minute, heading the ball into the net after Moxley lifted a pass over the defense outside the penalty area.

Carolina took 23 shots, putting 11 on goal with juniors Avery Patterson and Sam Meza striking six and five times, respectively.

“Wilmington played five in the back and it’s tough against five in the back and they made it very difficult for us,” Dorrance explained. “I want to credit [coach] Chris Neal and his team for giving us a nice run.”

UNC only allowed the Seahawks to have two shots attempts with senior Marz Josephson saving the only shot on goal.

With the victory, North Carolina improved to 40-0 all-time against in-state opponents outside the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tar Heels return to action on Thursday, Aug. 25, against Texas in Austin. The match is scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET start and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.


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