As Lotte Wubben-Moy took off sprinting down the field at the beginning of the second half, no one, not even her coach, knew her plan.
The junior left her usual post in the back and, in the 52nd minute, fired in the first goal of Sunday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal match to help lift the No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team over Notre Dame, in a 3-0 win.
After being trapped in a scoreless stalemate, the Tar Heels did what they do best: come out of the locker room after the half and break through the opponent's defense, this time to advance to Friday's semifinal.
The fans and coaches stood in awe watching Wubben-Moy push forward into the box and score her first career goal in the run of play.
“Sometimes as a center back, when you spot the opportunity, you just take it,” Wubben-Moy said. “I felt it out, and I got higher and higher, and I thought, 'Oh God, here I am, I’m not used to being up this high.'”
The uncharted territory proved to be nothing but a small obstacle for Wubben-Moy, as she sent her shot to the far post just out of reach of Notre Dame's goalie.
The thrill of the goal excited even head coach Anson Dorrance.
“She just did that on her own,” he said. “What I love about her is that she has a mind of her own ,and she’s a wonderful leader. She’s one of my tried captains, and she left her mark. She knew that something had to happen, and she knew that she could make it happen, so I’m very proud of her.”
Wubben-Moy made her second appearance on the score sheet with a penalty kick goal in the 85th minute.