It was a role reversal to start the second half. UNC came bolting out of the gates, garnering multiple scoring opportunities right away. After not recording a single shot on goal in the first half, North Carolina had one on frame in the first two minutes of the second half.
Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, it was more of the same in the second half — possession domination and beautiful balls into the box, but nothing to show for it. Although there were more shots in the second half (four compared to two in the first half), nothing could find the back of the net.
At the final whistle, UNC’s body language showed it all — the players knew they dominated possession for a majority of the game, they just couldn’t score any goals to show it. The game ended in a 1-0 Penn State win.
Who stood out?
In a bit of a twist, the Tar Heels' performance can be characterized by who didn’t stand out rather than who normally does. Redshirt first-year Taylor Otto had to fill in at center back for a hurt Lotte Wubben-Moy. Instead of being on the attack at forward, Otto had to stay back to anchor the defense.
Although Otto filled in well for Wubben-Moy, the Tar Heels certainly missed the presence of Otto up top, who is tied for second on the team with seven points (three goals, one assist).
When was it decided?
The game went down to the wire, with UNC getting opportunities up until the last 20 seconds. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, nothing ended up in the back of the net.
Why does it matter?
At one point, UNC had won six games in a row against Penn State. This loss sets their record back to 6-2 against the Nittany Lions.
Since 2007, this is only the second time UNC has lost two of its first six games — the other time being in 2014.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels have a 10-day hiatus before traveling down to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on the Florida State Seminoles on September 17 to begin conference play.