In its ACC Tournament opener, the No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team (16-2-1, 10-0 ACC) defeated Virginia Tech (9-7-3, 5-5), 2-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Sunday.
The victory extended UNC’s win streak to 11 games, and propelled the team to the ACC semifinals on Friday against Clemson.
In an otherwise uneventful first half, redshirt senior Alex Kimball opened scoring for the Tar Heels in just the third minute of play. Kimball rebounded her own shot for the score after being set up initially by junior forward Bridgette Andrzejewski.
UNC would enjoy the 1-0 advantage through halftime, and at the break, the team had taken 10 shots. After the early score, the defense seemed intent on controlling the ball and limiting the Hokie attack, which it accomplished to great effect, allowing just two shots in the first half.
The ball was consistently in play on Virginia Tech’s side of the field and North Carolina controlled possession.
Another 10 shots for the Tar Heels in the second period meant that UNC enjoyed a 17-shot advantage in shots attempted, an illustration of just how well the team controlled the ball and created opportunities for themselves.
Though North Carolina felt in control throughout the game, it wasn’t until senior midfielder Dorian Bailey’s 89th minute goal that the match was put to bed.
Bailey intercepted a bad pass on the VT side of the field and suddenly found herself all alone with the Hokie keeper, where she coolly tucked in a goal to pencil UNC in to the ACC semifinals.