UNC Earns Spot In ACC Title Game With Win Over Virginia
Nov. 5, 2010
Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sophomore Kelsey Kolojejchick scored the gamewinning goal 2:07 into overtime to give the North Carolina field hockey team a 1-0 win over Virginia in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Friday evening at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium. With the win in its first overtime game of the year, second-ranked Carolina advances to face top-ranked Maryland on Sunday for the 2010 ACC title. Game time is noon.
Carolina (19-1) is the second seed in the tournament and will be playing for its 17th conference crown. UNC last won the title in 2007. Maryland (18-1) is the tournament's top seed and has won the last two ACC titles.
UNC managed just one shot in the first half Friday, when the Tar Heels spent eight minutes at least one player down due to yellow cards. Sophomore Caitlin Van Sickle received one with 10:23 to play in the half and spent the next five minutes on the sideline. Three minutes into her penalty, Kolojejchick received a yellow card, putting the Tar Heels two players down for a two-minute span before Van Sickle return to the game.
Each team had four shots in the second half, with the Cavaliers putting three of theirs on goal and the Tar Heels two. Senior goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer had four saves for the Tar Heels, while Kastuk made three.
Kolojejchick's shot came after Van Sickle intercepted a pass at midfield, launching a fast-break. Kolojejchick dribbled into the circle and finished with shot from the right side, sending a ball just inside the left post for her 15th goal of the season and sixth gamewinner.
"The University of Virginia is an outstanding defensive team," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "They played very, very well and they have some skillful and dangerous players. So to come away with a shutout against a team like that, I couldn't be prouder of my kids. We also had to survive playing two-man down - we had two yellow cards at the same time - which was a feat in itself. At halftime we were just so thrilled that we'd come in with no goals against us. So I couldn't feel better about my team. And to play in our first overtime (of the season) was a thrill."
The win was UNC's 11th shutout of the season and was also the first time this season that Virginia has been held scoreless.
The Carolina-Maryland game on Sunday will be a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Championship game, which was also played at Kentner Stadium. UNC won that game 3-2, and Maryland won the teams' 2010 regular-season matchup on Oct. 23 by the same score.
The last time UNC and UM met in ACC tournament play was in 2004, when the Tar Heels won 3-1 in the championship, played in Winston-Salem.