CHAPEL HILL, N.C. On Sunday, the No. 1 North Carolina women's soccer team outshot Tennessee 23-3 and outscored the Lady Volunteers 5-0 in the second half as the Tar Heels defeated UT 6-1 before 2,720 fans at Fetzer Field. The win was Carolina's 22nd in a row over the past two seasons and it kept the Heels flawless in 2000 with a 4-0-0 record. Tennessee fell to 1-3-0 on the season.
The first half was played virtually evenly between the two teams with UNC outshooting the Lady Vols 9-7 and the teams going to the locker room tied 1-1. Both goalies were up to the test in the first half and they prevented both teams from denting the scoreboard even further. Tennessee goalkeeper Ellen Dean had four first-half saves and Carolina's Jenni Branam had five first-half stops coming off her career high performance of seven saves in UNC's win over Virginia last Friday night.
The Tennessee score seemed to wake up the listless Tar Heels. Freshman Erica LaShomb put the Lady Vols on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal over Branam's head. That gave Tennessee a 1-0 lead at the 39:44 mark.
However, it was all Carolina from then on as Kim Patrick netted the tying goal minutes later.
In the second half, UNC notched five goals for the 6-1 final.
The Lady Vols are off until Sunday when they host UNC-Asheville at the Tennessee Soccer Complex at 2 p.m.