The North Carolina women's soccer team tied Texas, 1-1, on Wednesday, its first tie since Oct. 26, 2017 against Notre Dame.
A game of long balls and counterattacks ended in a draw after a low-scoring affair between the No. 4 Tar Heels and the No. 21 Longhorns. Texas scored in the opening two minutes on a costly error by the UNC defense, but then were held to just four more shots the rest of regulation. North Carolina found plenty of chances through the first 90 minutes of the game and managed to convert on a shot from Taylor Otto. Both teams saw overtime goal-scoring chances, but defense and bad luck held firm, with the final score ending at 1-1.
Who stood out?
The North Carolina back line held fast the entire game. Despite a costly turnover in the first two minutes of the game resulting in a Texas goal, UNC’s defense only allowed four shots in the next 88 minutes of play. While the offense found plenty of opportunities that it couldn’t convert on, including several breakaway shots that went off the post, it was the defense that allowed North Carolina to control possession for most of the game.