With 20 seconds remaining, Syracuse was awarded a penalty corner. A penalty stroke was called, leading Coach Karen Shelton to ask for a video review. Following a tense two-minute stretch of waiting, the call was overturned. Syracuse and North Carolina were again headed to overtime.
Syracuse earned a penalty stroke with fewer than eight minutes remaining in overtime, leaving the fate of the ACC title in All-Tournament keeper Shannon Johnson’s hands. Johnson spectacularly dove to her left to reject the would-be game winner, launching the game-deciding Tar Heel counterattack.
UNC reached the Orange’s circle following a series of crisp passes, eventually escorting the ball to sophomore Gab Major, who was then able to knock in the deciding goal to clinch a 2-1 UNC victory.
“Honestly, I didn’t think about the game being on the line. I just saw the ball and the stick; I knew I just had to see the shot and react. We played great — we played our hearts out today.” — Johnson on her penalty stroke save.
The win marked UNC’s 19th ACC title. The Tar Heels have more ACC Championships than all other ACC programs combined.
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4: Four Tar Heels were named to the All-Tournament team, with Emily Wold winning tournament MVP.
8: Johnson had eight saves in the title game, her highest total in any game this season.
5: Major’s overtime goal was her team-leading fifth game-winning goal on the year.
The Tar Heels will find out their NCAA Tournament fate when the selection show airs tonight at 10 p.m.