NEWARK, Del. - The Wildcats (4-2) suffered their second loss of the season to the #1 ranked-squad in the country, the UNC Tar Heels (5-1), 10-0 Sunday afternoon in Newark, Del.
Villanova came into the contest optimistic as they tallied back-to-back home wins against La Salle and St. Francis this past week, but their efforts came up short against the powerful Tar Heels.
UNC controlled possession of the ball throughout most of the game, outshooting Villanova 32-5 and had a 13-5 advantage in penalty corner opportunities. Sophomore goalie Alex Diekmann made eight saves throughout both periods, but could not stop UNC's attack line.
The Tar Heels struck early, as J. Guadioso Radvany tipped in a shot in the seventh minute of play. UNC would score three more times before the end of the first half. Abbey Frey blasted a shot fifteen yards from the cage and Kelsey Kolojejchick and Samantha Travers would net goals off penalty corners putting UNC up 4-0 at halftime.
Offensively, the Wildcats could not secure a score off their five penalty corner chances. Kristen Davila had four shots on the game and one shot on goal. Leah High also had a shot on the pads of UNC goalkeeper Sassi Ammer who stopped both of the girls' attempts.
UNC did not let up as Samantha Travers came out strong, scoring two more goals in the first six minutes of the second half. She ended the game with a hat-trick and four shots on goal. The Tar Heels continued to send blasts from inside the circle onto Diekmann's pads as Katie Plyer added a score and Kelsey Kolojejchick netted her second goal of the game.
Freshman Erin Gorse made her college debut in the cage and earned two saves. The goalie change slowed down the Tar Heels, as they would only score two more goals in the contest, ending the game with a 10-0 win over the Wildcats. Villanova has had a tough history against the ACC powerhouse and are now 0-7 all-time against UNC.
UNC's only loss of the season came from an upset to #2 Syracuse, who Villanova will face Friday afternoon in Syracuse, N.Y. in their first Big East matchup of the season.