Sunday Stunner: #8 Irish Knock Off #1 North Carolina, 1-0

Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews scored in the 22nd minute to lift No. 8 Notre Dame to a 1-0 win at No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews scored in the 22nd minute to lift No. 8 Notre Dame to a 1-0 win at No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sept. 15, 2013

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Although the North Carolina campus is more than 700 miles southeast of South Bend, you can't blame Notre Dame for considering Chapel Hill its home away from home.

Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H./Milford) headed in a cross from sophomore defender Brittany Von Rueden (Mequon, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) midway through the first half to provide the only scoring as No. 8 Notre Dame toppled No. 1 (and previously-unbeaten) North Carolina, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,742 fans at Fetzer Field.

Playing UNC for the first time as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Fighting Irish (6-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) earned their sixth all-time win over the Tar Heels, the most for any team against North Carolina in its history. Notre Dame also improves to 5-2 all-time against UNC in Chapel Hill, winning for the fourth time in its last five matches against the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field (dating back to 2007).

Freshman goalkeeper Kaela Little (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley) anchored a rock-solid Fighting Irish defense on Sunday, making five saves to record her third career shutout. Senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) also was credited with a defensive save midway late in the first half to preserve Notre Dame's clean sheet.

North Carolina (7-1-0, 1-1-0 ACC) finished with an 18-5 edge in total shots, including a 6-2 margin in shots on goal and a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks. The Tar Heels also hit the woodwork in the second half, with Crystal Dunn's strike in the 62nd minute was tipped off the underside of the crossbar by Little, then captured by the Fighting Irish netminder near the goal line.

Notre Dame plays its first ACC home match at 7 p.m. (ET) Thursday against fellow league newcomer Syracuse at Alumni Stadium. The match will be streamed live through the Notre Dame multimedia platform, WatchND.

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#8 Notre Dame 1, #1 North Carolina 0
Sept. 15, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)

Notre Dame 1 - 0 - 1
North Carolina 0 - 0 - 0

ND 1. Morgan Andrews 4 (Brittany Von Rueden) 21:55.

Total Shots: ND 5 (2-3), UNC 18 (7-11)

Shots On Goal: ND 2 (1-1), UNC 6 (2-4)

Saves: ND 6 (Kaela Little 5 in 90:00, Team 1), UNC 1 (Bryane Heaberlin 0 in 45:00, Anna Sieloff 1 in 45:00)

Corner Kicks: ND 1 (1-0), UNC 4 (2-2)
Fouls: ND 7 (5-2), UNC 6 (2-4)
Yellow Card: Joanna Boyles (UNC) 31:18
Offsides: ND 2, UNC 1
Records: ND 6-1-0 (2-0-0 ACC), UNC 7-1-0 (1-1-0 ACC)
Next Up For ND: vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ET) Thursday - live on WatchND

-- Chris Masters, Associate Athletic Media Relations Director