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Nov. 5, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After battling through two scoreless halves, North Carolina sophomore midfielder/forward Kelsey Kolojejchick scored on a fast break to clinch a 1-0 victory for the second-seeded Tar Heels over No. 3 Virginia in the second semifinal game of the 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. UNC will face top-seeded Maryland in the title game on Sunday.
Kolojejchick intercepted a Virginia pass just over two minutes into extra time. She broke free, sending a shot past Virginia senior goalkeeper Kim Kastuk off the far right post and into the cage to give UNC the victory.
With the win North Carolina improves to 19-1 on the season, while Virginia drops to 16-3.
Senior goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer had four saves for the Tar Heels, while Kastuk made three. It marked UNC’s 11th shutout of the season and was also the first time this season that Virginia was held scoreless.
The Cavaliers had a slight advantage in shots, tallying eight to North Carolina’s seven. The first half saw Virginia make four shots and North Carolina just one. The Cavaliers were awarded four penalty corners in the game, all of which came in the first half. North Carolina finished with seven.
Virginia freshman forward Elly Buckley had a game-high four shots, two of which were on goal. Kolojejchick and freshman midfielder/back Marta Malmberg led the Tar Heels with two shots apiece.
North Carolina and Maryland will meet in the championship game at 12 p.m. Sunday. The game is a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship, which was played on the same field. The Tar Heels won 3-2. The two last met in the ACC title game in 2004 with North Carolina prevailing 3-1.