The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team won its 23rd game of the season and the National Championship on Sunday by defeating No. 2 Maryland, 2-0. It is the Tar Heels' first national title since 2009, when it also defeated the Terrapins.
Although the North Carolina field hockey team has had a tremendous season, it still manages to be humble.
On Sunday, the No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team played its last game of the 2018 season in Karen Shelton Stadium.
UNC defeated No. 20 Wake Forest, 7-2, in the ACC Championship game. With that win, the Tar Heels became the first No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament to win the championship since the format expanded in 2014. “We came out firing again after half,” first-year Erin Matson said. “It is definitely a focus of ours to treat every opponent with respect and play a full 70-minute game as hard as the first minute.”
On the way to a 5-1 victory over the No. 16 Cavaliers, the No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team's offense shined in the ACC Championship semifinals, which fell on a cold and cloudy day in Chapel Hill. After an undefeated (17-0) regular season, the matchup opened up postseason play for UNC on Friday afternoon.
“She makes it seem easy,” her father Andrew said. “I mean she does, she makes it seem easy. Like it is not a big deal.” Morgan Goetz, a major contributor for the North Carolina field hockey team, has started 63 games throughout her four-year career. She's been a part of two ACC Tournament Championships and played in three Final Fours and counting. But her successes don't stop there.
"With each other, for each other."
The Tar Heels participated in the annual Fall World Series at Boshamer Stadium this past weekend, as the team prepares for its 2018-19 campaign.
On Saturday, after the dedication of Karen Shelton Stadium earlier that morning, the No.1 Tar Heels defeated No.16 Wake Forest, 5-1 to improve to 12-0 on the team's annual Vs. Cancer game.
UNC field hockey head coach Karen Shelton will be permanently honored by having the Carolina Field Hockey Stadium renamed after her.