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UNC scores first goal of season in win

Freshman Megan Buckingham scored her first goal during the 73rd minute to lift fourth-ranked North Carolina to a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon over Ohio State.

Buckingham finished off assists by Annie Kingman and Sarah Ashley Firstenberg as the Tar Heels tallied their first goal of the season. UNC finished 1-1 as host of the Carolina Nike Classic.

Virginia Tech 4, Davidson 0: No. 5 Virginia Tech scored three of its four goals during the first half as host Davidson (1-1) was playing its first ranked opponent since 2010.

Virginia Tech (2-0) took 29 shots to Davidson’s three. Scoring their second goals on the season were Murielle Tiernan, Alani Johnson and Bria Dixon, who also added an assist.

East Carolina 1, Western Carolina 0: Eleven minutes into second half, a foul on host Western Carolina (0-2) gave the Pirates (1-1) the ball about 20 feet from the goal. Stephanie Seagrave took the kick and sent it down into the box for Jenna Geist for the score.

Appalachian State 3, Elon 1: Merlin Beckwith scored two goals for the visitors for the second time. Beckwith’s first goal was assisted by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte Catholic) and her second by Erin Settle (Mooresville).

Tully headed in a goal from Nicole Steyl’s (Ardrey Kell) corner kick.

High Point 0, Jacksonville 0: Freshmen Jordan Beets and Alex Persiani combined for 11 saves in 110 minutes for the visiting Panthers.

Stanford 2, Duke 0: Duke, ranked 10th, closed the UNC Nike Classic by dropping to 0-2, marking the first 0-2 start since 1996. The Cardinal closed its East Coast trip with a 2-0 record.

Portland 2, N.C. State 1: In her first collegiate start, freshman Kayla Saager scored her first goal with the host Wolfpack facing a 2-0 deficit in the 82nd minute. Danica Evans scored twice for the Pilots.

Clemson 7, Winthrop 0: Tori Andreski (Wilkes Central) scored three goals on six shots as the Tigers romped at Winthrop. The Eagles were missing several key contributors, notably suspended forward Krystyna Freda, who scored 17 goals in 19 games last season and was the Big South’s women’s soccer Attacking Player of the Year. Bret McCormick contributed

Miami goalkeeper scores

Emily Lillard scored the first goal of Miami’s season. And she’s a goalie.

Lillard’s second-half free kick from midfield somehow found its way into the net, marking the Hurricanes’ biggest highlight during its 2-1 loss at Central Florida.

Lillard also made seven saves, but the senior will never forget her goal, which she thinks was her first since she scored on a penalty kick in high school. Associated Press

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