No. 16 Virginia outlasts No. 5 UNC
Miller’s OT goal lifts Cavs to first win against Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Caroline Miller's goal in the 105th minute gave No. 16 Virginia a 1-0 double-overtime victory against No. 5 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,418 fans at Fetzer Field and a nationwide television audience on ESPNU. It was the Cavaliers' first-ever win against the Tar Heels in 38 meetings between the teams (1-35-2).
Virginia improves to 8-2-1 overall (2-1 ACC) with the victory, while North Carolina falls to 6-2-0 overall (1-1 ACC).
"That win is as good as it gets," Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. "I am just so proud of the players, they played terrific. We were prepared and did all the little things during the week to get ready for this game. It was great to see them get rewarded in the end. We had a couple chances to win it in the second half and in the first overtime, but we kept on pushing and got the goal in the second overtime. This is a great ACC road win for us."
The teams played a scoreless first half, with each side registering four shots. Each team had great chances in the second half but couldn't convert. UNC's Anna Sieloff made a save on a Miller breakaway in the 57th minute, while UVa's Chantel Jones saved a header by Brooke Elby in the 67th minute off the crossbar. Regulation ended scoreless for the second consecutive year between the teams.
The Cavaliers had the first chance in the opening overtime period as Gloria Douglas had a breakaway chance that was saved by Sieloff. Jones answered with a key save later in the first overtime as Emmalie Pfankuch got in behind the defense.
On the first shot of the second overtime, the Cavaliers scored the game-winner. Morgan Brian played a ball behind the defense that found the run of Miller, who fired it into the corner of the net for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
North Carolina outshot Virginia 11-10 for the game, marking the first time this season the Cavaliers had been outshot. UNC also had a 9-2 edge on corner kicks. Jones made two saves for the Cavaliers as she posted her fifth shutout of the season and extended her school-record mark to 38 career shutouts. Adelaide Gay and Sieloff made three and two saves respectively for the Tar Heels.