After No. 3 UNC women's soccer's draw with No. 12 Notre Dame on Thursday evening, Anson Dorrance could've been frustrated about plenty of things.
Instead, following his team's third-straight 1-1 draw, the head coach is pointing to the positives.
“Here we are with two games left, and we’re undefeated,” Dorrance said. “How bad could that be? So no, I’m not giving up hope, I think this team is a nice team.”
One of the positives is that North Carolina has figured out once again how to score on its corner kicks. After failing to capitalize on two corners early on, the Tar Heels had another chance — and they ensured it didn’t go to waste.
As sophomore defender Tessa Dellarose's kick soared through the air, graduate defender Maycee Bell positioned herself to win the header. She easily soared over her defender and passed the ball to senior forward Avery Patterson, who kicked it past the goalkeeper without needing to look where she was shooting, scoring UNC’s first goal off of a corner kick since Sept. 30.
“I think it’s kind of one of those things where you know where the goal is in the back of your head and you know Maycee’s always going to win those headers if it’s a one-on-one,” Patterson said.
Despite scoring a “wacky” goal to set the tone, Patterson didn’t necessarily share the same sentiment as her coach, citing the team’s post-game talk when associate head coach Damon Nahas asked how they felt after another draw.
“A lot of us were saying frustrated,” Patterson said. “Just because whenever we tie, we normally outplay [our opponent.] I think if you look at possession again, we have the greater amount of possession, corner kicks. [The] stats show in our favor.”
As Patterson stated, a part of the frustration stems from the fact that North Carolina has dominated possession but has recently found itself only having one goal to show for it.