In a dramatic 2-1 win that featured a late comeback in the fourth period, the No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (2-0) defeated the No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (1-1) in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday.
The ACC-Big Ten Challenge game was highly contested throughout the first 30 minutes as the Tar Heels and Hawkeyes were deadlocked, 0-0. Both teams each managed four shots, but no team seemed poised to break the tie.
With just over eight minutes played in the third period, Iowa scored to take the 1-0 advantage. North Carolina found itself still down, 1-0, heading into the final five minutes of play.
With 4:35 left in the game, senior Catherine Hayden scored the first goal for UNC on a corner tip in the front off of a delivery by senior Yentl Leemans to even the game, 1-1.
Senior Marissa Creatore scored the deciding goal with 2:24 remaining in the game on another corner tip in the front, giving Leemans her second assist of the afternoon. The Tar Heels took a 2-1 lead and managed to hold it for the final minutes of the game.
Who stood out?
There were plenty of notable performances to go along with Hayden, Creatore and Leemans.
Junior goalkeeper Amanda Hendry faced seven shots in her 55 minutes of play, saved two of them and conceded only one goal.