Women’s Soccer: #1 UNC drops Virginia, 2-0, in ACC Tournament semifinals
The contest was a rematch of the 2019 ACC Tournament finals.
Virginia (8-3-1) got a pair of chances early when Lia Godfrey (Fleming Island, Fla.) took two shots from distance in the first nine minutes. Her first shot trickled high in the opening minute, while her shot in the ninth minute hit the woodwork and bounced back to the feet of sophomore Diana Ordoñez (Prosper, Texas).
Ordoñez took the shot, but a Tar Heel player stepped in front of her and deflected it as it came off her foot.
“It was a game of ebb and flow between two good teams,” Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. “At the beginning of the first half and second half, we struggled to get a little bit of the game. Once we got into the game, we did well.”
North Carolina (11-0-0) struck first, converting a penalty kick in the 40th minute. A foul in the box on a challenge, the first foul of the half on the Cavaliers, set up the chance for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina keeper Claudia Dickey stepped to the spot and converted the chance for the 1-0 lead.
“In the first half we played well. It was unfortunate to give up the penalty the way that all transpired, but I was pretty pleased with the first half. They came out hard in the second half and we were fortunate to not give up a goal in that first 10 or 15 minutes, but again we did some things,” Swanson said.
The Tar Heels extended the lead in the 79th minute when Rachel Jones played a long ball ahead to Isabel Cox. Cox brought the ball down the left side of the field before cutting in toward the box. She worked her way around the Cavalier defender and took her shot into the upper corner by the back post for what would prove to be the final margin of victory.
Both teams finished the match with 11 shots with North Carolina putting seven shots on frame to four on frame for the Cavaliers. Virginia keeper Laurel Ivory (Surfside, Fla.) made five saves on the night.
“We just didn’t generate enough quality chances against them,” Swanson said. “They are physical and competitive and won a lot of first and second balls, which led to them getting penetration on us. Give them credit. They played well and finished the chances they got.”