First-half goals take women’s soccer beyond Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. –The top-ranked North Carolina women’s soccer team scored three first-half goals for the second straight game and earned a 3-1 road win at Missouri on Thursday.

Avery Patterson, who scored in each of the previous two matches, scored in the fifth minute to give North Carolina an early 5-0 lead. It was Patterson’s fifth goal of the season, matching his season tally from a year ago.

Freshman Tori Dellaperuta scored in the 18e minute for a two-goal lead on an assist from Emily Colton and Bella Sember scored his first goal of the season in 37e minute to put the Tar Heels up 3-0. Isabelle Cox added his second assist of the year on the play.

Kylie Simmons scored in the 59e minute for Missouri (2-2-1), ending the Tar Heels’ four-game shutout streak.

The Tar Heels hit nine of 11 shots on target and limited the Tigers to nine total shots. Emmie Allen made three saves in the first half for Carolina. Becca Hollenbach saved six for Missouri.

UNC returns to the field on Sunday, Sept. 4 against No. 3 UCLA at Dorrance Field. The game is scheduled for a noon start and will be televised on the ACC Network.

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