The No. 3 North Carolina women’s soccer team (10-0-8, 5-0-5 ACC) tied with Boston College (3-9-6, 0-6-4 ACC), 1-1, on the road for its final game of the regular season on Thursday evening.
Following a big win against Syracuse on Sunday, the Tar Heels hoped to continue that momentum onto the pitch this Thursday but fell short facing a strong performance from BC and many close calls.
This is UNC’s eighth tie game of the season, but the first game during which they have trailed at the half. The first half began with several goals almost going in for North Carolina.
However, it was BC who scored first with a little over thirteen minutes left in the first half. Eagle forward Aislin Streicek scored off a corner kick as redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Emmie Allen had a slight mistouch of the ball, allowing it to slip into the net.
Trailing 0-1 at the half, it was clear the Tar Heels needed to regroup during halftime.
“We didn’t think our commitment and focus in that first half was good enough,” head coach Anson Dorrance said.
Coming into the second half, it still took some time before the next point was scored. BC’s goalie Wiebke Willebrandt was relentless in blocking shot after shot. This continued throughout the match, although UNC took 21 shots — 12 on goal — all but one were blocked. UNC held BC to just three shots on goal letting that one corner kick slide into the net.
The narrative for the season remained the same: UNC wasn’t converting its goal opportunities. That was until the 17th minute of the second half when redshirt sophomore midfielder Ally Sentnor found a window.
Sentnor dribbled up the right sideline past two BC defenders. She moved in towards the penalty area as she was met by two more defenders. She swiftly changed directions from what they expected, sweeping her left foot across her body to strike the ball and find the back right of the goal – out of Willebrandt’s reach.