In the second half, the Hawkeyes took control of possession and stopped many of the Tar Heels drives. Playing from behind, North Carolina played aggressively, but it still couldn't equalize the game.
That all changed in the 62nd minute, when Erin Matson scored on an assist from Malin Evert to even the game. It was her second goal of the weekend.
No team was able to break the tie in regulation and the game entered overtime tied at 1-1. The Hawkeyes took two shots on goal in the next, but neither resulted in a goal.
In the 79th minute, the Tar Heels were granted a penalty shot and a chance to win it all. Senior Ashley Hoffman converted on the shot, giving her team the 2-1 win.
Who stood out?
Ashley Hoffman was vocal throughout the game, instructing her teammates and encouraging them. On the defensive end, she helped stop multiple attacks from the Hawkeyes before taking the most important shot of the game.
Remembering the last penalty shoke she took and missed in the final four last year, she knew what was on the line.
“My true feeling was, if I don’t make this, my team will have to run for another 10 minutes in overtime,” Hoffman said. “When I come up for a stroke, I’m never super confident, but you have to combat that doubt. At the end of the day you go into your routine, and you execute."
When was it decided?
After a scoreless first half, it didn't look promising for the Tar Heels playing behind. But after tying the game late, it all changed.
In overtime, the next goal scored would determine the winner and the Tar Heels found it first. Hoffman’s penalty stroke converted to keep her team undefeated.
Why does it matter?
Coming off a victory over Michigan, the Tar Heels still had their work cut out for them against another ranked team in Iowa. The win gives the team another notable victory early in their season, and will likely be a determining factor in moving up in the next college field hockey rankings.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will travel to Philadelphia on Aug. 31st to face Princeton at 11:00 a.m.
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