Coach Anson Dorrance was proud of Heaberlin’s effort, but noted the score could have easily been in favor of Florida State going into halftime.
The Tar Heels came out stronger in the second half, notching five shots and keeping the Seminoles to just three. One of the three made it to the back of net.
On a defensive mishap, Florida State’s Berglind Thorvaldsdottir got possession of the ball in the box and drilled it past Heaberlin, putting the Seminoles up 1-0 with just over 11 minutes to play.
And while both teams managed a couple of offensive pushes in the remaining minutes, the score remained in Florida State’s advantage — giving UNC its second loss of the season.
Despite the losses, the Tar Heels remain undefeated at home this season — a record which Duke will put to the test this Friday.
“What you’re hoping (for) after a loss or collection of losses is there is a re-commitment to winning. We have got some excellent leadership and some kids trying to be the best they can be. They have some real promise, and that is good to see as a coach.” — Dorrance on UNC’s mentality going forward.
Sunday’s loss was only the ninth time in program history the Tar Heels have dropped two consecutive games.
Three numbers that matter
12: Fouls committed by the Tar Heels in the loss to Florida State.
20: Tar Heel players who saw the field in the first half, while the team tried to keep the Seminoles scoreless.
2: Shots on goal for UNC during the entirety of Sunday’s contest.
The Tar Heels will take on Duke at Fetzer Field at 7 p.m. on Friday.