Liz Colgan logs 22 saves as No. 1 North Carolina defeats No. 8 Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia (2-4, 0-2 ACC) suffered a 14-10 loss to No. 1 North Carolina (7-0, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
“A lot of credit goes to Carolina,” Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. “They are a great team and are really deep. They ran us hard. They just played a really fast game and were able to execute better than we did.”
The defending-national champion Tar Heels opened up an 8-6 game by going on a 7-1 run in the second half to hold a 14-7 advantage with 6:42 remaining. The Cavaliers scored the final three goals of the game, including a pair in the final 2:08, to make it a 14-10 deficit.
“In the second half, North Carolina got a lot of momentum and discovered some holes in our defense and finally got their shots to go in,” Myers said. “Our defense and our goalkeeper, Liz, in particular, did a great job really holding them back for much of the game, but they had a short span where they actually found the back of the net. Our energy kind of deflated a little bit when they did that. It was nice to see that we sort of dug in deep after their run and we were able to score the last three of the game, so ending on a high note is a small consolation.”
The Tar Heels took 43 shots in the game and held a 26-9 shooting advantage in the first half, but only led by three goals 7-4 at the break. In the second half, the Cavaliers nearly matched UNC’s shooting by tallying 17 shots to the Heels’ 18.
Virginia senior goalkeeper Liz Colgan made a career-high 22 saves. North Carolina’s goalkeeping tandem combined for 13 saves with Megan Ward, who earned the win, recording six.