Notre Dame aimed to flip things around in the second half, and did so in the 72nd minute. After turning away from the Fighting Irish press, UNC defender Maggie Bill tried to make a back pass to keeper Lindsey Harris. The pass was intercepted by Notre Dame's Kaleigh Olmstead, who beat Harris and put it home to tie the game.
North Carolina didn't let the mistake define it, however, as the Tar Heels battled back to take the lead with less than five minutes left in the game. In the 86th minute, Bridgette Andrzejewski fired a cross to the middle of the box, where Annie Kingman put her foot on the ball and sent it into the back of the net.
Who stood out?
Worth's goal in the first half was her first of the season. The redshirt junior converted positions from outside back to forward before the start of the 2016 season, and has climbed her way into the starting lineup in the latter half of the season.
North Carolina has relied on several contributors on the offensive end this season, and if Worth emerges as a consistent attacking threat, the UNC top three will only get more dangerous.
On the back end, sophomore defender Julia Ashley was rock solid for the Tar Heels all game. She dealt with the Notre Dame pressure with grace, winning balls on the flanks and keeping the Fighting Irish from mounting an effective attack for the majority of the action.
When was it decided?
Things were tightly contested in the second half, but the momentum shifted for the final time when UNC scored in the 86th minute. Notre Dame played aggressive until the final seconds ticked off the clock, but couldn't find the tying goal.
Why does it matter?
With the win, North Carolina has now taken down three top-15 teams in its last three games and is in a position to challenge for its first ACC title since 2009.
The Tar Heels have been a dominant force in the women's soccer world since the team's inception in 1979, but have not had the same the same type of success since their national title season in 2012. If North Carolina can keep things rolling, the team has a chance to compete for both a conference and an NCAA championship.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will play either Clemson or Florida State in the ACC Tournament final at noon on Sunday.