With a spot in the Final Four on the line, the North Carolina field hockey team held nothing back, and the Tar Heels reaped a reward for their efforts.
UNC defeated Michigan 1-0 in Henry Stadium this afternoon to clinch a spot in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina showed aggression from the onset, as an early shot from senior forward Casey Di Nardo deflected off the left post to start the game.
Soon after, Michigan found a chance to score. The Wolverines got the first penalty corner of the game after a foul on the Tar Heels, but junior goalkeeper Shannon Johnson was able to come up with the save, and the score remained 0-0.
From here, both sides buckled down for a physical battle. The Tar Heels continued with a fast paced attack but struggled to break the Wolverine defense.
That is, until a foul on Michigan gave North Carolina its first penalty corner of the game. Off of a pass from senior midfielder Nina Notman, freshman midfielder Ashley Hoffman was able to get a shot past Michigan's goalkeeper, giving the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.
Following Major’s goal, UNC dominated possession, outshooting the Wolverines 10-2. The Tar Heels were able to maintain fast paced play as they looked for another opportunity to score.
But despite finding more opportunities, North Carolina could not break the Michigan defense but found success in keeping the Wolverines from finding another opportunity for a goal.
The second half remained a defensive contest.