The No. 15 North Carolina women's soccer team defeated Wake Forest 2-1 for Coach Anson Dorrance's 800th career win.
For the third time in as many games the Tar Heels (8-2-3, 3-1-2 ACC) were tripped up early, allowing their opponent to score the first goal. In the 29th minute, the Tar Heels gave too much room to the Demon Deacons (8-6, 0-6 ACC) in front of the goal, allowing Wake Forest to poke a ball off of the hands of redshirt senior goalkeeper Lindsey Harris. Peyton Perea finished the ball into the net to put WFU up by one.
Yet, like the two previous games, the Tar Heels found a way to equalize. Just six minutes later, sophomore Ru Mucherera burned past the defense and buried a no-doubter in the back of the net to tie the game.
In an aggressive frenzy to end the first half, neither team took advantage of opportunities around the box. In the 37th minute, Wake Forest couldn't capitalize off of a free kick from a yellow card on the Tar Heel’s redshirt junior Jenny Chiu. North Carolina had an opportunity with 15 seconds to go, but Sarah Ashley Firstenberg’s close range shot sailed wide right, sending the teams to the locker room knotted at 1.
In the 23rd minute of the second half, Sarah Teegarden of Wake Forest was given a yellow card for a foul just outside of her own box. On the ensuing free kick, sophomore Dorian Bailey sailed one over the wall, off of the hands of Wake Forest goalkeeper Lindsay Preston and into the net.