Junior forward Paige Nielsen almost didn’t make it to the North Carolina women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Nielsen, a business major and two-year letter winner, was interviewing with JP Morgan in New York Friday morning. Her flight to North Carolina was delayed and by the time she got back the Tar Heels were already warming up for the game against the Jackrabbits.
“They moved my flight so I’d get in at three, which was going to be okay, but it was delayed for an hour so I actually got in at four and jumped in the pregame while they were doing it,” she said.
For Nielsen and the Tar Heels, it was better late than never because she added her fifth goal of the season in the 42nd minute of play.
Sophomore Amanda Rooney played the ball to the outside to sophomore Maya Worth. Worth sent a low cross into the box when Nielsen was waiting to put it away on the first touch, giving UNC a 2-0 lead.