CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia field hockey team (3-3, 2-1 ACC) closed out a two-game series at North Carolina (4-1, 2-1 ACC) on Monday (Oct. 12) with a 2-1 loss to the Tar Heels in a non-conference match.
North Carolina held a 1-0 lead until freshman midfielder Anneloes Knol (Utrecht, Netherlands) tied the game with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. UNC’s Meredith Sholder scored the game winner with 8:19 remaining in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
North Carolina scored on its very first shot of the game, taking a 1-0 lead 3:52 into the contest. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) made six saves in the period to keep it at a 1-0 deficit. UNC’s Erin Matson was awarded a penalty stroke with 46 seconds left in the half, but missed it wide right, sending the two teams into the break with the 1-0 margin intact.
Knol scored the equalizer with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, dribbling around defenders and firing off a hard shot from the top of the circle that rifled past the Tar Heel keeper. Six minutes into the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels retook the lead on shot by Sholder.
Virginia pulled its keeper with 3:04 remaining in the game to pick up an extra attacker, but the Carolina defense held and kept the Cavaliers from taking a shot, preserving the one-goal victory.
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“I am so proud of the team’s determination to bounce back and play UVA hockey. Even though this team is too good to ever settle for a loss, we are proud of our work today. It is impressive to me that we could come back, in back-to-back games and make the adjustments we agreed against a very talented UNC team.”
- Anneloes Knol’s goal was the first of her collegiate career
- Lauren Hausheer finished the game with seven saves, one shy of matching her career high
- UNC outshot Virginia 10-1 in the first half and held an overall 15-4 edge in shots in the game