Sep 1, 2013
NEWARK, Del. - The Villanova field hockey team was shut out by No. 1 North Carolina, 10-0, Sunday afternoon.
The game was the Wildcats' second loss in two days. The `Cats narrowly dropped a decision to Sacred Heart on Saturday.
The Tar Heels (2-0) maintained possession for the majority of the game. North Carolina outshot Villanova, 33-1, and had a 22-0 advantage in shots on goal. The Heels also had a 14 corners to the Wildcats' one.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann had a strong outing in net, especially in the second half. The Holmdel, N.J., native allowed only two goals in the second half, and recorded 12 saves on the game.
The Tar Heels started the scoring early with a Casey DiNardo deflecting at 3:45 in the game. North Carolina recorded four goals in the first 20 minutes, and finished the half with a 8-0 lead.
Junior back Maddy Harding recorded the Wildcats' lone shot. Harding has been strong so far in the 2013 season, recording an assist against the Pioneers on Saturday, after missing the 2012 season to injury.
The Wildcats return to the field Wednesday, Sept. 4 against Rider at 7 p.m. in Villanova, Pa.