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Tar Heels advance to play seventh-seeded Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Third-seeded North Carolina scored twice in less than a minute in the first half on the way to a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded Louisville in the first round of the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship.
The win sends North Carolina to the semifinals, where it will take on seventh-seeded Boston College on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Nina Notman opened the scoring for the Tar Heels in the 15th minute of play when she placed a penalty stroke past Louisville’s Ayeisha McFerran. Emily Wold added to North Carolina’s lead 49 seconds later when she scored off of a rebound to make the score 2-0 going into the break.
Louisville’s Stephanie Byrne cut into the Tar Heels’ lead when she scored with just under eight minutes remaining in the game, but North Carolina held on to secure the 2-1 win.
North Carolina held a 17-11 lead in shots and a 6-3 penalty corner advantage. Shannon Johnson finished with six saves for the Tar Heels, while McFerran had five for the Cardinals.
With the win, North Carolina moves to 44-14 all-time in ACC tournament play. This was the Tar Heels’ first ACC Championship victory over Louisville.
ACC fans will be able to watch every game of the championship as they will be televised live by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, live online on ESPN3, and available on the WatchESPN mobile application.
For additional information on the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/15FHchamp.