'Hoos and Heels Play to 2-2 Draw on Women's Soccer Pitch
The #5 UVA women's soccer team played to a 2-2 overtime draw with #6 North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium in front of a season-high 1,603 fans.
It's the fifth time in the last seven meetings that Virginia and Carolina played into overtime.
The Cavaliers are now 8-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 this season.
Senior forward Caroline Miller scored both Virginia goals for her second straight multi-goal game and eighth of her career.
UNC took a 1-0 lead into half. With 56 seconds before the break, Kealia Ohai scored for the Tar Heels.
But less than 4:00 into the second half, Erica Hollenberg found Miller behind the defense and she finished on the doorstep to tie the match 1-1.
Just over 5:00 later, Morgan Brian, in her first match of the season for the Wahoos after winning gold with the United States in the Under-20 World Cup in Japan, found Miller, who tapped the ball over the keeper and into the net to give Virginia a 2-1 lead.
Miller has seven goals this season and 32 for her career, which is tenth all-time at UVA.
In the 73rd minute, Ohai made a long run, beat the Cavalier defense, and chipped it past the keeper to make it 2-2.
"You look at maybe some of the chances that we missed," said UVA head coach Steve Swanson. "We were up 2-1. Maybe a draw is a just result. I think getting a point against this team in the end, when we look back at it, I think we'll feel good about it. Right now, it doesn't feel good, because it's not what we wanted at home."
The 'Hoos were outshot for the first time this season (16-11) and UNC had an 8-2 corner kick advantage.
Danielle DeLisle made four saves for UVA, including two huge stops in the first half.
"That's a good point in the ACC," said Brian. "It was a good game, first game back, so I'm glad that we played some good soccer and we can take away some lessons from it."
The Cavaliers had never beaten or even tied North Carolina in 13 all-time meetings between the programs in Charlottesville until Sunday, but Virginia's eight-match winning streak is over.
UVA returns to action next Sunday afternoon at Clemson. Kickoff is 1:00. ESPN3 will broadcast the game online.
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