With the score knotted at zero near the end of the first half, the No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team needed a spark to get a win on the team's Senior Day.
It was only fitting that it would be senior Zoe Redei who scored the game-winning goal on Sunday, helping UNC to a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Virginia Tech.
“It’s emotional because it’s one of our last games and it’s our last season, so this really meant a lot,” Redei said.
It wasn't the first time Redei scored a huge goal when being called upon — her goal against the Hokies was her sixth game-winning goal in her four years as a Tar Heel — but that hasn't been her only role in a long career with North Carolina.
Like fellow seniors Bridgette Andrzejewski and Madison Schultz, Redei started several games for UNC as a first-year. She made an immediate impact on the program, scoring three goals and adding an assist in her first season.
But after starting over half the games she played in as a sophomore, her role slowly decreased.
“The seniors have been eclipsed by excellent recruiting since they came to school, because all those kids were starters as freshmen,” head coach Anson Dorrance said.
As the new crop of talent arrived, Redei was eventually moved to a role coming off the bench.
Injuries were also a factor. She missed several games during her sophomore and junior seasons, allowing other players to get her playing time.