On December 2nd, 2018, UNC Women’s Soccer fell to Florida State coming up just short of a national championship. On October 24th, 2019, the Tar Heels had a shot at retribution, they would not pass it up. The 2nd ranked Tar Heels downed the 3rd ranked Seminoles 2-0.
The Heels pressed the attack from the very start of the match. In the 13th minute Brianna Pinto fired a shot from the top of the box that ricocheted off the crossbar into the turf before being cleared by Florida State. Florida State would come back on the attack 5 minutes later, with forward Yujhie Zhao shooting just wide of the right post on Florida State’s only scoring opportunity of the first half. The back-and-forth half would end scoreless, with the Tar Heels registering the only shot on goal off of an attempt by Isabel Cox.
In the second half the back-and-forth battle persisted. In the 62nd minute, Bridgette Andrzejewski received the ball right in front of the net. She back heeled the ball towards the left post, but the shot was saved by a diving Caroline Jeffers for Florida State. Finally, in the 76th minute, Lotte Wubben-Moy threaded a pass to senior Ru Mucherera, who pushed the ball into the box and fired across the box just inside the right post, breaking the tie and giving the Tar Heels the lead. The Tar Heels continued to press the attack after taking the lead, with Brianna Pinto dispossessing Florida State in their backfield. Pinto then took a shot from the exact same spot that Mucherera scored from 7 minutes earlier, giving the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead in the 83rd minute.
After the victory the Tar Heels improve 14-1-1 overall and remain unbeaten in the ACC. The final home regular season match for the Heels is this Sunday, as UNC will celebrate the Women’s Soccer seniors before taking on Virginia Tech.
By Joshua Gupton