WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (theACC.com) - North Carolina’s Malin Evert scored the eventual game-winner with five minutes remaining in regulation to lift the fifth-seeded Tar Heels, 3-2, past top-seeded and top-ranked Duke (15-3) in the first semifinal game of the 2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
North Carolina moves on to the ACC Championship game and will face the winner of the second semifinal between seventh-seeded Wake Forest and sixth-seeded Virginia.
After the Blue Devils held a 2-1 lead at halftime, the Tar Heels outshot Duke 17-3 in the second half and scored the period’s only two goals.
Sophomore Ashley Hoffman scored twice for North Carolina, including tying the game on a penalty stroke with 10 minutes of play.
Duke’s Aisling Naughton registered both Blue Devil goals giving her 10 on the season.
This was a rematch of the 2015 NCAA semifinals which the Tar Heels won, 2-0. It was also the third matchup between the in-state rivals this season, with North Carolina holding a 2-1 edge.
With the win, North Carolina moves 16-4 this season and 47-14 all-time in ACC tournament play in program history.
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 and live online on ACC Network Extra.
For additional information on the 2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/16Fhchamp.