The No. 15 North Carolina women’s soccer team picked up another conference win, defeating Syracuse 3-1 on Sunday.
The Tar Heels (10-3-3, 5-2-2 ) took down the Orange (8-7-3, 1-6-2) in an impressive offensive show. Junior midfielder Megan Buckingham knocked in the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. Just ten minutes later, first-year Bridgette Andrzejewski beat the Orange defense to bury the Tar Heels' second goal with a shot inside the box.
Syracuse scored to cut North Carolina’s lead to one just before half-time. The Tar Heels seemed fueled by this and came out strong in the second half, as Andrzejewski put the ball in the back of the net again in the opening minutes of the second half.
North Carolina comfortably held on to their lead for the remainder of the game to secure a 3-1 win.
When was it decided?
The Tar Heels took control of the game in the second half with almost four times more shots than the Orange. Despite having the lead going into the half, North Carolina tightened their defense and went on attack in the second 45 minutes.
Who stood out?
First-year forward Bridgette Andrzejewski is showing her worth to the Tar Heels in back-to-back dominant performances. With a goal against Pittsburgh Thursday and two more on Sunday, she is is proving to be a valuable asset to the team.
Why does it matter?
The Tar Heels had a rocky start to ACC play with only one win in their first four conference matchups, but with Sunday’s victory, North Carolina has since gone 4-1.The Tar Heels are currently tied with Virginia for fifth in the ACC.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels host Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the final game of the regular season.
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