The No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team clinched a share of the ACC title by defeating No. 5 Florida State 2-0 on Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
In a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Women's Soccer National Championship, the Tar Heels (14-1-1, 7-0-1 ACC) got their vengeance. The team managed to get in behind the Florida State (12-4, 6-2 ACC) defense twice to score, despite being outshot 14-11.
Early on, it looked like UNC would run away with the game with two near goals.
In the 13th minute, first-year Isabel Cox made on impressive run down the right sideline and into the box to set up a scoring opportunity. She passed the ball across the box to junior Alessia Russo, who then turned around and gave the ball off to sophomore Brianna Pinto who rocketed a shot off the crossbar.
Then, just seven minutes later, North Carolina was again just inches away from opening the scoring. A cross was sent into the box, where it found first-year Maycee Bell wide open. Bell powered a header towards the goal, but it was it hit off the side post and went back into play.
Despite the two great chances for UNC, neither team could find a goal in the first half and it ended 0-0.
Both teams came out of the locker room playing fast, and the Tar Heels got the first opportunity to score. Pinto fired a shot at goal in the 48th minute that hit off the post again.
UNC dominated possession and earned more chances for the majority of the game. However, that all changed midway through the second half. The Seminoles began to earn shot after shot and held the ball on offense for extensive periods of time.