The No. 6 North Carolina women's soccer team fell to No. 1 West Virginia, 1-0, in the NCAA Tournament semifinals Friday.
West Virginia (23-1-2) came into the game ranked No. 2 in the country in goals allowed average, giving up just nine goals in 25 games in 2016.
That defensive pressure was evident from the outset, as the Mountaineers held UNC (17-4-4) to zero shots in the first half. It was the first time the Tar Heels were held without a shot in a half since the Duke game earlier this season.
To North Carolina's credit, the team didn't allow West Virginia many chances, either. The Mountaineers best shot at goal came in the 16th minute, as defender Amandine Pierre-Louis made a nice run to the top of the box. No UNC defender crashed down on the ball, but the junior couldn't make solid contact with the ball, sending it right to Tar Heel keeper Lindsey Harris.
Neither team had a shot for the remaining 29 minutes of the first half, with the teams heading into the break tied 0-0.
There was much more action in the second 45 minutes, a switch in pace that would seemingly benefit UNC. But instead, it was the Mountaineers who took advantage.
In the 74th minute, West Virginia took a 1-0 lead behind the foot of Michaela Abam. The forward found herself with the ball after a set piece, cut back to her left foot and powered the ball through the gloves of Harris.
The Tar Heels had plenty of chances to equalize, however. In the 77th minute, first-year forward Bridgette Andrzejewski received a cross in the middle of the box, but her shot sailed high over the bar. Just more than a minute later, the ball fell to fellow first-year forward Madison Schultz in the box. She was all alone from six yards out, but she mishit the shot and sent it high.