North Carolina field hockey head coach Karen Shelton knows all too well how important a game’s final frame is. All season, she's emphasized the need to close out opponents.
“We want to be a fourth-quarter team," she said.
And her No. 7 Tar Heels got a prime opportunity to be just that against No. 15 Connecticut.
After entering the fourth quarter tied at 1, UNC scored twice in the last 15 minutes to take down the visiting Huskies, 3-1, at Karen Shelton Stadium.
Before the Connecticut matchup on Sunday, UNC faced No. 5 Boston College in its first conference game Friday.
“I told them going into it that this was a Final Four-type weekend for us, playing two ranked teams with the Friday-Sunday format," Shelton said. "I’m proud of our team. I thought this was a great one to win, having to come from behind and close it out in the fourth quarter.”
Leading the charge once again was senior forward Erin Matson. The all-time goals and points leader in UNC field hockey history added to her career totals with two goals and an assist Sunday.
But she doesn’t do it alone.
“We have a really good chemistry on this team where it’s all about helping each other out," Matson said. "Obviously, they want me on the ball and I want to be on the ball, but it’s all about doing this for each other. They push me, I push them, we challenge each other. It couldn’t be just me out there.”