The North Carolina women’s soccer team won the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009 after holding off rival Duke, 1-0.
In a tightly contested final match before the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels prevented the Blue Devils from winning their first ACC Tournament championship since the tournament began in 1988.
It’s not often the No. 4 Tar Heels (15-2-2, 8-0-2 ACC) are the underdogs, but they entered the championship game on Sunday afternoon ranked below the No. 2 Blue Devils (19-2, 10-0 ACC). Both teams are expected to be highly-seeded teams in the College Cup.
After a scoreless first half, UNC came out of halftime with 45 minutes and a Tobacco Road rival separating them from its 21st ACC Tournament title. Despite taking two good shots on goal, the Tar Heels hadn’t found the back of the net yet.
Then, fresh off the break, Zoe Redei arrived. Just 47 seconds into the half, a strong kick by Alessia Russo bounced off a Duke defender in the box and landed in front of Redei. She followed it up with her own shot from 10 yards out that found the top shelf for her second score of the year.