The pace of the game picked up in the second half, and Liberty found themselves in more of a rhythm. The Flames played with more confidence and were able to control possession more than in the first half. Liberty finished with seven shots, all of which were on goal, compared to just one shot in the first half.
Liberty’s second half effort was not enough to overcome its deficit though, and Sholder scored North Carolina’s sixth goal of the game with under nine minutes to play to secure the Tar Heel the win.
“I’m delighted with the win,” head coach Karen Shelton said. “Coming into the game, our start was great. I don’t want to say we won the game in the first twenty, but we certainly set a very powerful tone.”
Who stood out?
Evert made her presence known in the Tar Heel’s victory. She scored two goals in the first half, and a third goal three minutes into the second half, securing the hat-trick. Evert now has eight goals on the season, making her the team’s second leading scorer.
“She’s a big-time player,” Shelton said. “I’m happy to see her have some success scoring some goals. She’s been threatening all year, but the result hasn’t always ended up with goals. To have her have an outburst like this today, it bodes well for us going into the ACC tournament.”
When was it decided?
Liberty was mounting a promising comeback in the second half until Sholder scored her second goal of the day with just under nine minutes to play, securing the win for her team.
Why does it matter?
Coming off a loss from No. 2 Duke last week, it was crucial that the Tar Heels closed out the regular season with a win as they head into the ACC tournament next week.
The ACC is stacked, and today’s win will be huge for the Tar Heels to garner favorable seeding in the ACC tournament.
Shelton said Liberty has given a lot of teams trouble all season, and the way the Tar Heels played today was great preparation going into the ACC tournament.
When do they play next?
Next up, the Tar Heels head to Louisville, Ky. to take on Wake Forest in the ACC Quarterfinals on Nov. 2.