CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – California goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson set a new single-game record with 18 saves Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill in a game that No. 3 North Carolina won, 4-0.
Hendrickson, who previously set identical career highs of 12 saves in each of Cal’s (4-7, 1-2 NorPac) other three games this season against ranked teams on the road, was called into action early and often against the Tar Heels and saved 18 of 22 shots on target by the third-ranked Tar Heels (9-2, 1-2 ACC).
Her 18 saves bests the previous Golden Bear record of 17 saves set just one season ago by Joelle van Hoorn at No. 7 Penn State. Hendrickson’s 18 saves are second-most by a goalkeeper in the NorPac this year.
The Tar Heels scored two goals in each half Sunday, with the first three goals all coming off of penalty corners. UNC took the lead at 3:38 with a Nina Notman goal directly off a penalty corner and scored a second just before the end of the half when Loren Shealy scored off a rebounded penalty corner shot at 33:56. North Carolina scored its third goal at 49:33 by Samantha Travers via another penalty corner before the final goal came in the 67th minute by Lauren Moyer in the run of play.
It was an admittedly disappointing showing for the Golden Bears who nearly defeated No. 7 Duke just two nights ago in Durham before falling 2-1 in double-overtime.
“I was expecting to give them a better game, but we just didn’t have it today,” California head coach Shellie Onstead said of the final tally. “(North Carolina) was concerned enough about us that they came at us pretty hard early and put a lot of pressure on the backfield. It was a good game plan on their part, and we couldn’t get going. We had a hard time getting out of the backfield early and it made it hard for us. I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better game after Friday.”
The Bears return to California next weekend with a home game against Yale on Saturday (Oct. 12) and a road game at UC Davis on Sunday (Oct. 13).