More than often, the latter scenario points out major flaws and missed opportunities. But after the No. 8 North Carolina women’s soccer team dropped its ACC Tournament semifinal game to No. 4 Florida State 2-1, Coach Anson Dorrance drew attention to something that couldn’t be seen by looking at the scoreline — the Tar Heels can still dominate against tough competition.
“The way I look at the performance of my team is, ‘Did we control the game?’” Dorrance said. “I really don’t feel like (Florida State) came out of that second half feeling like they controlled anything.
“I think the ones that are spiritual get down on their knees and say, ‘Thank God we got away with that one.’”
In mid-October, UNC fell to the Seminoles 1-0. While the Tar Heels walked out of the match having lost by just one, Dorrance and his players agree it could have been a lot worse.