Last Minute Goal Pushes No. 2 UNC Past No. 7 Florida State
Oct. 15, 2010
Courtesy of UNC Athletics
CHAPEL HILL, N.C - Just six days after pulling off a thrilling 1-0 overtime win at No. 6 Virginia, North Carolina's second-ranked women's soccer team struck again in the late going as sophomore midfielder Ranee Premji's first career goal in the 87th propelled UNC past seventh-ranked Florida State 1-0 before a crowd of 2,356 fans at Fetzer Field.
Florida State had frustrated the Tar Heels offensively most of the night but Carolina would eke out the win on its 12th and final shot of the night at the 86:38 mark. The game-winning sequence was set up by a throw in on the right side of the pitch about 35 yards out. Kealia Ohai controlled the ball and dribbled into the right side of the box. The ball was deflected by a Florida State defender but Courtney Jones jumped on it and sent a cross from the end line to the near post where Premji chested the ball in from the three-yard line. It was the first goal of Premji's Tar Heel career.
The game was far from over at that point as Florida State, which had taken only two shots up to that point, had three good looks at the goal in the final minutes. Ines Jaurena sent a shot high less than 40 seconds after Premji's goal. UNC then committed a foul just outside the box on the right side with just over a minute to play. Tiana Brockway sent a ball into the box that was pinged around by both teams before being cleared by UNC. FSU earned a throw in and had one spectacular look at the goal as Casey Short's point blank shot from about 12 yards out on the left side of the box with four seconds left was parried away by UNC goalkeeper Anna Sieloff as time expired. There was no rebound and Carolina came away with the win.
The win was Carolina's fourth in a row and lifted the Tar Heels to 12-1-1 overall and 4-1 in the ACC. Florida State came into the match first in the ACC but fell to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Wake Forest and Maryland now share the league lead with 13 points, both with 4-1-1 marks, while FSU and UNC are tied for third with 12 points, both with 4-1 ledgers. UNC and Florida State both have a game in hand on Wake and Maryland.
Carolina outshot the Seminoles 12-4 and had three corner kicks to two for FSU. Kelsey Wys made three saves for FSU while Sieloff's save for the only one of the day for Carolina. Hannah Daly played the first 45 minutes and Sieloff played the second 45 minutes as they combined on the shutout.
UNC returns to the pitch on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to Miami at Fetzer Field. FSU travels to NC State Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.