[NORTH CAROLINA-COLORADO: Women]
Despite a huge edge in shots -- 22-2 on the night -- No. 2 regional seed North Carolina needed a golden goal from Maya Worth
-- the first goal of her career -- to beat Colorado, 1-0, in overtime Friday night before a frigid crowd of 4,211 at Fetzer Field and move into the final
16 for the 33rd successive year.
Worth, who had been subbed in for overtime, converted on her own rebound to set up a fourth-round date Sunday for UNC against South Carolina
at 1 p.m. ET.
UNC head coach Anson Dorrance
started overtime with six reserves on the field along with starting forward Emily Bruder
, UNC’s starting defense of Satara Murray
, Jessie Scarpa
and Katie Bowen
and goalkeeper Lindsey Harris,
who normally plays the second half for UNC.
In the 94th minute,
Bruder sent a cross in from the left side that had to be tipped over the crossbar by Colorado goalkeeper Kate Scheele
. After the ensuing corner kick, Carolina
switched play to the right side, where sophomore Danae O’Halloran
sent a perfect cross into the middle of the penalty area to the six-yard line, where
Worth headed the ball that was deflected by a Colorado player. The ball went directly to Worth, who slotted home the rebound with her right foot.
UNC improved to 14-3-2 on the
season and 4-1-2 in overtime games.
Scheele made six saves to help keep the Tar Heels at bay. The best of Scheele’s six saves came in the 55th minute when Amber Munerlyn
got free in the box but her shot was tipped over the bar by Scheele for a corner kick.
In the first game at Fetzer Field, South Carolina advanced to the third
round after prevailing in penalty kicks, 2-1, against Seattle after their match ended 0-0.