After sitting out the better part of the first half with a leg injury and watching her team go down 1-0 against the Fighting Irish (11-4-1, 4-4-0 ACC), the sixth-year senior contributed a goal and an assist, lifting the Tar Heels (12-3-1, 5-3-0 ACC) to a 2-1 win and helping snap UNC’s three-game losing streak.
“I was afraid in the first half and kind of calmed myself down,” Newfield said. “They said they wanted to limit my minutes and as a player ... you gotta work with what you got.”
In the tenth minute of Thursday’s contest, Newfield injured her knee while attempting a free kick just outside the Notre Dame box. For a player with Newfield’s injury history, any aggravation causes feelings of anxiety.
Since 2012, the Atlanta native has had a slew of leg injuries that caused her to miss significant time in her playing career. As Newfield limped off the field in the first half, Coach Anson Dorrance expected the worst.