The two shortest players in yesterday's Patriot Invitational each scored goals to lead their respective women's soccer teams to victories at George Mason University.
Four-foot-11 Tracey Bates gave top-ranked North Carolina a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Massachusetts, and 5-foot Laura Anton scored in the first half to lead 13th-ranked George Mason over No. 15 Rutgers, 1-0.
The Tar Heels' victory extended their unbeaten streak to 33 games and winning streak to 31. North Carolina, which has won five of the last six NCAA titles, hasn't lost since the 1985 championship game to George Mason.
The Tar Heels (8-0) have outscored their opponents by 31-1 this season, the only opposing goal scored by George Mason on Sept. 5.
"This was a good team and we're fortunate to get out of here with a win," said North Carolina Coach Anson Dorrance, who left for Charlottesville immediately after the game to coach his third-ranked men's team against No. 2 Virginia.
Bates, a junior midfielder, scored 2:35 into the second half on an assist from Reston's Wendy Gebauer. "We were working the right side and Wendy gave me a perfect ball," Bates said. "I just bent down and headed it in."
Anton, a sophomore midfielder, had the second game's only goal at the 8:50 mark on an assist from freshman Stephanie Hylan.
Hylan broke free on the left and sent a lead pass toward teammate Liz Young. Anton called off Young, collected the ball in the penalty box, and beat Rutgers goalkeeper Robin Copperthwaite to the right side.
"I called a leave and I was able to get my left foot on it before the goalie could come out," Anton said.
Besides Anton's goal, there were few scoring chances for either team. The referee called five yellow cards and one red card, to the Patriots' Kathi Nidiffer.
The Patriots (2-4) have struggled offensively this year, scoring only four goals on 69 shots on goal. However, Coach Hank Leung has no seniors and starts four freshmen and four sophomores.
"This is a young team and we need time to get a rhythm going and build a foundation," Anton said. "There are a lot of new faces and we have to get used to each other. This is a developing year, but next year we'll be stronger."
In the first game, the Minutemen (7-1) outshot North Carolina, 8-7, including Susan Montagne's header off the crossbar with 30:45 left.