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UNC women's soccer draws with No. 7 Virginia, 1-1

The No. 16 North Carolina faced No. 7 Virginia on Sunday in an ACC matchup that was crucial for a Tar Heel team coming off a grueling matchup against Clemson. And much like they did against the Tigers, UNC came away with a 1-1 draw.

What happened?

The Tar Heels (6-2-3, 1-1-2 ACC) came out strong against the Cavaliers (8-2-2, 1-1-2 ACC), hitting the back of the net in the opening minutes of the game, but the would-be goal was quickly called back after UNC was ruled offside.

Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of the first half after a handful of missed opportunities from each team. UVa. continued to outshoot the Tar Heels in the second half, but with just over eight and a half minutes remaining in the second half, Annie Kingman took a free kick from 25 yards out and passed the ball to Megan Buckingham, who drove it into the upper corner. 

Her goal sent the game into overtime. Despite an added thirty minutes in overtime play, both teams failed to score a second goal. With a 1-1 final, the Tar Heels recorded a tie for the second game in a row.

Who stood out?

Buckingham played all 110 minutes of the game Sunday, and scored the Tar Heels only goal of the contest. 

Her second of the season, Sunday’s goal kept the Tar Heels in the game and sent it into overtime. It was her only shot on goal of the game, but it was all she needed to prevent her team from falling to the Cavaliers.

When was it decided?

Sunday’s game wasn’t over until the final whistle blew as both teams struggled and failed to get a go ahead goal in either overtime period.

North Carolina took 14 shots while Virginia took 16, but of those, the Tar Heels recorded two more on goal than the Cavaliers.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels played the Cavaliers twice in the past three seasons, and were shut out both times. Buckingham’s goal Sunday was North Carolina’s first against UVa. since the 2012 season. North Carolina now has as many ties as wins and losses combined in ACC play, going into a two-game homestand.

Where do they play next?

The Tar Heels host Miami on Thursday at 7 pm.


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