With ACC standings still up in the air, the No. 16 North Carolina women’s soccer team faced off against No. 8 Florida State on Senior Night. The Tar Heels dominated early, and defended their lead in the second half to capture 1-0 victory.
Against a possession-driven Seminoles squad, UNC (12-3-3, 6-2-2 ACC) brought pressure from the first kick. The Tar Heels dictated the pace of the game, taking Florida State (12-3-2, 6-2-2 ACC) out of its comfort zone.
The high-flying Tar Heels dominated the first half. At every 50-50 ball or chase-down opportunity, a UNC player was there to win possession for her side. When they had possession, the Tar Heels showed quality linkup play and threatened the stellar Seminole defense.
The Tar Heel offense excelled in the first period, firing off seven shots to two from Florida State. And UNC was rewarded with a 38th-minute goal for its efforts.
After Megan Buckingham’s shot rattled off of the crossbar, first-year forward Madison Schultz cleaned up the attack and headed in her first goal as a Tar Heel. Schultz’ goal was just the sixth goal scored against Florida State’s formidable defense this season.