No. 7 Syracuse scores overtime goal to defeat No. 2 North Carolina
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman Emma Russell scored off a penalty corner with 9:03 left in overtime to give No. 7 Syracuse (3-0) a 1-0 victory against No. 2 North Carolina (2-1) on Saturday, running the Orange's home winning streak to 30 games.
With the win, the Orange defeated its highest-ranked opponent since a 2-1 victory at No. 1 Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008.
Russell took a pass from Leonie Geyer in the right side of the circle off a penalty corner during the 7-on-7 overtime period and drove a shot inside the right post for the winning goal.
After the teams played scoreless through 70 minutes of regulation and the Orange fought off a Tar Heels penalty corner 3:30 into the overtime period, Russell won Syracuse a corner of its own just over five minutes in, setting up her own winning goal.
Senior goalkeeper Leann Stiver made six saves for her 14th career shutout. North Carolina's Sassi Ammer made four stops.
Overall, North Carolina held a slight edge in shots (16-14) and in penalty corners (7-4).
Syracuse withstood three UNC penalty corners between the 20th and 9th minute of the second half. Ammer stopped Russell's scoring attempt at the 22-minute mark, keeping the game scoreless.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half, battling to a 0-0 draw after 35 minutes of play. Shots were tied 7-7, while UNC held a 3-2 advantage in first-half penalty corners.
The Orange's 30-game winning streak at Coyne Stadium dates back to a Sept. 6, 2009 loss to No. 7 Princeton.