The No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team played through two overtime periods in Durham against No. 11 Duke in a hard-fought 0-0 draw on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils got off to a fast start, looking to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Tar Heels from earlier this season. They put pressure on UNC’s back line and forced first-year goalkeeper Marz Josephson to make a couple diving saves.
Duke’s best opportunity came in the 24th minute when sophomore Marykate McGuire fired a low, bending ball just past the right post.
North Carolina responded with a strong chance of their own in the 32nd minute. Redshirt senior Ru Mucherera made a fantastic move to free herself up for a shot attempt, but was unable to find the back of the net.
After a scoreless first half, UNC came out as the aggressor in the second half. In the 53rd minute, sophomore Rachel Jones blasted a shot from outside the box that was tipped out of play by redshirt junior goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn.
Less than two minutes later, junior Alessia Russo found an open spot on the field to get a great look at goal, but she kicked it right into the arms on the Duke goalie.
Both teams played very physical, fighting hard for every ball. The tensions between these rivals showed. Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard before the 90th minute, resulting in the Tar Heels first overtime of the season.
During the first overtime, Jones nearly ended the game striking the ball just left of the goal.