In consecutive games on the first weekend of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, Notre Dame scored back-to-back goals in 38 seconds and 75 seconds, but the Irish outdid themselves against North
Carolina in Saturday's third round.
Notre Dame set an NCAA Division I Women's Tournament record with goals 14 seconds apart in the 13th minute of its game at Chapel Hill and knocked off
the defending champion Tar Heels, 3-2, to gain revenge for its loss in last year's Women's College Cup final. Brittany Bock
scored her 15th
goal of the season at 12:41 on a header off a flip throw-in by Michele Weissenhofer
. Just 14 seconds later, Weissenhofer scored into an empty net after a
back pass by defender Ariel Harris
intended for Ashlyn Harris
was mishandled by the UNC goalie.
Weissenhofer, last year's Soccer America Freshman of the Year, added a second goal on a breakaway after Allie Long
's penalty kick had reduced Notre Dame's lead
to one goal. UNC's Nikki Washington
made it 3-2 in the 70th minute, and then Weisshofer says the clock seemed to stop ...
Thanks to goalie Lauren Karas
, Notre Dame held off a furious Carolina assault to move into the quarterfinals against Duke. Karas came up with several big stops, most notably on
with less than 30 seconds remaining, to preserve the win.