CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — The No. 10 North Carolina women's soccer team defeated No. 6 Notre Dame, 2-1, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday.
Coming into the game, Notre Dame had held opponents to just seven goals on the season. But as the first half got underway, UNC pressed hard to challenge the Fighting Irish back line.
This tactic worked wonders for the Tar Heels, as they forced Notre Dame into several fouls just outside the box. UNC was able to capitalize on one of these set pieces in the 22nd minute, as an Annie Kingman free kick hit the right post and bounced across goal, where Maya Worth knocked it in to give North Carolina a 1-0 lead.
The Tar Heels kept the pressure on for the final 23 minutes of the first half, heading into the break with a 1-0 lead and a 9-3 shot advantage.
Notre Dame aimed to flip things around in the second half, and did so in the 72nd minute. After turning away from the Fighting Irish press, UNC defender Maggie Bill tried to make a back pass to keeper Lindsey Harris. The pass was intercepted by Notre Dame's Kaleigh Olmstead, who beat Harris and put it home to tie the game.