The Tar Heels nearly added to their advantage late in the first half, but Zoe Redei’s attempt sailed wide of the goal and the lead stayed 1-0 at halftime.
Wake Forest challenged UNC’s lead early in the second half, but the Demon Deacons’ best opportunity came in a disallowed goal by Medina, who was called offside.
The Tar Heels had a goal of their own disallowed with 22 minutes to play, but they finally converted moments later thanks to Russo. The first-year forward sliced through the Wake Forest defense and calmly finished her chance for her second goal of the game to give the Tar Heels the 2-0 lead they would take to the final whistle.
Who stood out?
Russo led the Tar Heel offense with two goals, with her second one coming thanks to an incredible individual effort.
The Kent, England, native now has seven goals on the season and extended her goal scoring streak to four games.
Between the posts, Leshnak only saw one shot but kept a clean sheet and controlled her own 18-yard box in the process. The shutout was her third in a row and fifth in six games.
When was it decided?
Thanks to UNC’s defense suffocating the Demon Deacons’ attack and holding them to only four shots and one on target, Russo’s second goal with 20 minutes to go put the game out of reach.
Why does it matter?
The win extended the Tar Heels’ win streak to six games, improving their ACC record to 6-0 and keeping pace with Duke for first place in the conference.
UNC earned another win on a ranked opponent's territory, which will help boost their résumé with the NCAA tournament coming in early November.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels travel to Boston College on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.