WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Lauren Moyer scored the game-winning goal on a corner after time had expired, securing a 3-2 win for the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (16-4) over No. 4 Louisville (15-5) in the first round of the 2016 Field Hockey Championship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The win sends the Tar Heels to the semifinals to face top-seeded Duke on Friday at 1 p.m.
Moyer scored all three of North Carolina’s goals, all coming in the second half after the Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead. Moyer’s first goal came midway through the period to put the Tar Heels on the board, the second to tie the game with less than 10 minutes to play, and then the game-winner after time had expired. The senior’s 20 goals this season is a career-high and puts her atop of the ACC leaderboard.
The hat trick was the first in Moyer’s career and her sixth game with multiple goals this season.
Louisville’s Abby Grimes registered the first goal of the game off a corner with assists by Erin McCrudden and Marigrace Ragsdale. Minout Mink score the second goal for the Cardinals with five minutes left before halftime, her 15th of the season, a program record for a freshman.
North Carolina out-shot Louisville 14-3, including a 10-1 edge in the second half, with six shots on goal.