After a slow first half, the No. 6 North Carolina Women’s soccer team revved it up in the second period to pull away from Kansas. The Tar Heels powered their way to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory.
UNC’s day started slow, as the Tar Heels were slow and sloppy coming out of the gate. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, the Jayhawks took their time settling in as well.
A slow-moving first half featured just 12 combined shots, none resulting in goals for either side. Neither side looked particularly impressive, especially through the first 30 minutes of the half.
But near the end of the period, UNC started to build momentum. After trailing Kansas 5-3 in shots, the Tar Heels strung together four straight shots and a few quality chances to end the period.
Coming out of the locker room, the Tar Heels shifted into an entirely new gear. With a newfound pace, UNC started to display its class. Better movement and higher-quality passes started to pay dividends, as the chances began to pile up for North Carolina.
Finally — rather, as usual — Madison Shultz broke through with the game-winning goal. The first-year had played well all game and opened the scoring for her side in stunning fashion. After finding space with a nifty dribble just inside the box, Shultz blasted a left-footed shot into the net.
The Tar Heels coasted until the 78th minute, as Maya Worth extended the Tar Heel lead to two goals. The remaining ten minutes saw UNC pass and dribble out the clock, cruising to the victory and the Sweet-16.