The No. 16 North Carolina women's soccer team defeated No. 7 Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at Fetzer Field on Sunday. The win was the Tar Heels' first over the Cavaliers since 2010.
Virginia (13-4-2, 6-2-2 ACC) opened the game as the more dominant side, controlling possession and finding space in the UNC defensive third. The Tar Heels (12-3-3, 6-2-2 ACC) held tough, however, keeping the Cavaliers off the board in the first half.
Virginia's best chance came in the 33rd minute, when Alexis Shaffer sent took a free kick and rocketed the ball off the cross bar. A Cavalier player got a head on the rebound, but UNC keeper Lindsey Harris was able to corral it to stop the threat.
North Carolina broke through in the 39th minute when Virginia keeper Morgan Stearns gave the ball away just outside her own box. Tar Heel forward Madison Schultz was able to grab the loose ball, turn and lift the ball over Stearns and into the net.
UNC extended its lead right before the end of the first half. After receiving the ball in transition, senior midfielder Sarah Ashley Firstenberg beat two Cavalier defenders before calmly finishing past Stearns to give the Tar Heels a two goal lead at the break.