Russo’s Overtime Goal Lifts Tar Heels To ACC Title

Jeffrey A. Camarati

CARY, N.C. –  Tournament Most Valuable Player Alessia Russo scored the game-winning goal 1:48 into the second overtime period to lift third-ranked North Carolina to a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Virginia Sunday afternoon in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.  The Tar Heels won the 22nd ACC Tournament championship in their history before a crowd of 2,942 fans and a national TV audience on ESPNU.
 
The Tar Heels improved to 19-1-1 on the season with the victory over the Cavaliers while Virginia dropped its first match of the season and is now 16-1-3 on the campaign.  Carolina was playing in its fourth successive ACC Tournament final, having also won in 2017 while finishing as the runner-up in 2016 and 2018.  The appearance in the final was Virginia’s first since the 2015 season.

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