CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 Virginia women’s soccer team suffered its first home loss of the season, falling to No. 3 North Carolina 1-0 in overtime Friday night in front of 1,983 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 11-1-1 (3-1-0 ACC) with the win, while the Cavaliers fall to 8-3-1 (2-2-0 ACC).
“It was the hard fought game that we expected,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “It was a back and forth game and the difference was we couldn’t finish our chances and they finished one of theirs. We did all the right things, we played good soccer, and to get a loss for that effort is disappointing.”
The teams had few chances in the first half and the game went to the intermission scoreless. Ten minutes into the second half, Virginia had its best chance of the game as Lindsey Miller’s (Nashua, N.H.) breakaway attempt was saved by UNC keeper Anna Sieloff and the Tar Heels kept the momentum of the shot from crossing the goal line.
The game went to overtime scoreless, marking the fifth time in the last nine meetings between the teams that there wasn’t a result in regulation. North Carolina thought it had the game winner in the 95th minute, but a header off a corner kick was disallowed due to a foul on the Tar Heels. UNC got the golden goal in the 99th minute as Crystal Dunn received a through ball from Kelly McFarlane and scored on a shot the Cavalier defense almost was able to save off the line.
“We easily could have gotten a result from this game,” said Swanson. “We have been close against them a lot of times. Unfortunately a lot of close losses don’t add up to a win. We need to regroup and get ready for the remainder of a long season ahead of us.”
Overall, North Carolina had a 14-11 edge in shots and each team had three corner kicks. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made four saves for the Cavaliers, while Hannah Daly made tow saves and Sieloff four saves at the other end for the Tar Heels.
The Cavaliers continue their homestand on Thursday as they host Duke. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
No. 3 North Carolina 1, No. 6 Virginia 0 (OT)
#3 North Carolina (11-1-1, 3-1-0) 0 0 1 – 1
#6 Virginia (8-3-1, 2-2-0) 0 0 0 – 0
UNC. Crystal Dunn 3 (Kelly McFarlane 4) 99′
Shots: UVa 111, UNC 14
Corners: UVa 3, UNC 3
Saves: UVa 4 (Jones 4), UNC 6 (Daly 2, Sieloff 4)
Fouls: UVa 7, UNC 6
Offsides: UVa 6, UNC 0