CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kealia Ohai’s goal in the 88th minute lifted 10th-ranked North Carolina to a 1-0 victory against third-ranked Duke on Thursday before a crowd of 4,112 fans at Fetzer Field. Carolina snapped a 10-match unbeaten streak by the Blue Devils as UNC improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 13-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in league play.
The match was as close as the final score would indicate as the two teams battled for the first time at Fetzer Field when Duke came in as the higher ranked team. North Carolina improves to 34-2-1 all-time against the Blue Devils and it has won seven in a row against Duke.
The Tar Heels benefitted from some missed opportunities by the Blue Devils in their attacking third. North Carolina withstood those challenges and eventually got the goal it needed in the waning minutes of the match.
The UNC goal was set up when Duke was called for a hand ball about 35 yards away from the goal with three and a half minutes to play. The teams set up for the free kick and Courtney Jones sent a bending back to the center side of the box where UNC junior midfielder Amber Brooks slid and redirected the ball across the frame to Ohai. Both the Duke defender and Ohai slipped to the ground pursuing the ball at the three-yard line but with the junior forward laying on her back she was able to kick the ball with her right foot and the ball slipped between Duke goalkeeper’s Tara Campbell’s legs and trickled over the goal line for the winning tally.
Miami (Fla.) 3, No. 9 Boston College 2
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No. 9 Boston College fell short in a comeback effort in a 3-2 loss to Miami (Fla.). The Eagles are now 9-2-2 and 4-2 in the ACC, while Miami is now 2-4-1 in the conference and 8-5-1 overall.
Boston College fell behind early as the Hurricanes scored six minutes into the match. Blake Stockton headed in a corner kick from Tara Schwitter for the 1-0 Hurricane lead.
Miami went up 2-0 late in the second half on a goal by Fatima Nasser at 60:06.
Senior Julia Bouchelle scored off a header from Gibby Wagner at 72:38 to cut into the Miami lead. It was Bouchelle’s second goal of the season.
Two minutes later, Miami went up 3-1 on a goal by Jordan Roseboro. Almost two minutes later, junior Victoria DiMartino scored off a feed from Bouchelle.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.