Senior forward Charlotte Craddock scored her second goal of the game and 11th of the season in the 81st minute of play Thursday to give the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team a 2-1 overtime win over No. 17 Wake Forest at Kentner Stadium.
It marked the second time this season that UNC has gone into overtime and both times Craddock has broken the tie.
“I’m very proud of the Tar Heels,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “I really thought we played some of our best hockey of the year in the first half. We possessed the ball and we moved it unselfishly. We love the passing game, but we only got a one-goal lead out of it. We knew it was going to be a battle in the second half. Credit Wake Forest for coming back and forcing overtime.”
Craddock’s game-winner came after a pass from senior captain Samantha Travers. Craddock got the ball and drove into the circle with the ball and got around Wake keeper Valerie Dahmen as well as a defender to put the ball in from the right side.
Even though the two are ACC rivals, Thursday’s game doesn’t count toward the league standings. Wake Forest and UNC will meet again in Chapel Hill on Oct. 25 for the season’s designated ACC matchup.
“John has done an amazing job recruiting and building our roster,” Macy said. “We enjoy working together and what he brings has been essential to the development and chemistry within our women’s basketball program.”
A 17-year coaching veteran, Marcum completed his first season with the Pirates as assistant coach in 2013-14 and has been instrumental in the program’s recruiting efforts since his arrival.
Most recently, he played a crucial role in signing a pair of top-10 ranked junior college players, as well as transfers from SEC, ACC and Pac-12 member institutions.
Marcum served as assistant coach at Indiana State in 2012-13 and was the head coach at NAIA member Cal Baptist from 2010-12. During the 2010-11 campaign, he led the Lancers to a No. 3 national ranking and the school’s first national tournament appearance since 1982.