85 minutes and 17 seconds separated the No. 3 UNC women’s soccer team's (10-2-1, 5-0-0 ACC) two goals in its 2-1 win at Notre Dame on Thursday night.
Just 22 seconds into the match, sophomore forward Alessia Russio scored a header with an assist from midfielder Emily Fox. After two fouls, Notre Dame answered with a goal by forward Karin Muya in the 11th minute. UNC had eight fouls before the half ended, tied 1-1.
For the second half, UNC replaced first-year Claudia Dickey at goalie with senior Samantha Leshnak. Notre Dame drew a yellow card in the 47th minute, followed quickly by two missed headers from North Carolina. After the Tar Heels failed to convert on six more shots, and the Irish received another yellow card, it seemed impossible for either team to score.
After over 70 minutes of the ball not seeing the net, redshirt sophomore Taylor Otto scored for the Tar Heels with just 4:21 left in the game, assisted by Russo. Notre Dame drew another yellow card in the 88th minute, and was unable to get another shot in before the game ended.