In the ACC semifinals match-up against the University of Virginia, the North Carolina women’s soccer team shutout the Cavaliers, 2-0, on Friday night. With this win, UNC will take on the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Championship title game on Sunday.
UNC started off with pressure early, getting to the Cavaliers’ box with ease. Just two minutes into the game, first-year forward Sam Meza broke the UVA defenders for a good shot which was saved by a dive by the Cavaliers goalkeeper, Laurel Ivory. Just three minutes later, junior forward Rachel Jones fought her way to the bottom left of the box for another almost-goal, forcing Ivory again to make a close save.
The Cavaliers saw their best look at getting ahead after receiving a corner kick, following a Meza foul. UVA’s Claire Constant forced UNC’s goalkeeper Claudia Dickey to make a quick save on a bottom-center kick.
When the game seemed to be stalling, UNC head coach Anson Dorrance wanted a change. He wiped the offensive slate clean, making six substitutions in the forward and midfielder positions and opted for fresh legs.