CARY — Seventy-seven minutes after kickoff, the overwhelming sound of 100 vuvuzelas erupted across WakeMed Soccer Park, celebrating North Carolina’s go-ahead goal over the Clemson Tigers.
When a shot by sophomore Madison Schultz careened off the cross bar and high above the box, junior Dorian Bailey was there to meet the ball on its way back down, and she headed it into the back of the net for the only goal of the Tar Heels’ 1-0 victory.
"I just saw Maddie dribbling across, and I knew she was going to shoot it," Bailey said. "I was just following the shot and I saw it go up, and I thought, 'This is it.'"
After the slow start to the game, the score woke up the players on the field — as well as the vuvuzelas distributed to UNC fans before the game. While the stats suggested a staggering advantage for the No. 8 Tar Heels (6-2, 2-0 ACC), the matchup with No. 19 Clemson (6-3, 0-2 ACC) started out sleepily.
North Carolina posted twice as many shots and shots on frame as the Tigers, and took seven corners compared to the Tigers’ two. Head coach Anson Dorrance, who is in his 39th year at the helm of the North Carolina women’s soccer program, knows full and well how difficult it can be find a goal.