Assistant SportSaturday Editor
DURHAM - In the 12 years of the ACC women's soccer tournament, the only team besides North Carolina to capture the title was N.C. State, champion in 1988.
The two teams faced off Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals, and in a season already full of surprises - three UNC conference losses being the most prominent - the scene seemed ripe for a Wolfpack upset.
Meredith Florance scored twice, and Jordan Walker had a goal and an assist to lead the Tar Heels past State 5-1 at Duke's Koskinen Stadium.
Today at 6 p.m., the Tar Heels look to avenge a 3-2 regular-season loss to Florida State, which, after a 1-1 tie, needed penalty kicks to advance against No. 2 seed Wake Forest.
"I think anytime you lose, you have something to prove," Walker said. "There's definitely some added motivation."
The Tar Heels (14-3) got on the board Thursday in the second minute of the game thanks to an own goal. The Wolfpack's Jaci Harper, under pressure from Alyssa Ramsey, struck a back pass over goalkeeper Gretchen Lear, who had come off the goal line.