After almost 79 minutes of play Thursday, North Carolina’s Nina Notman sent a penalty stroke into the lower left corner of the cage to give the top-ranked Tar Heels a 2-1 overtime victory over Duke in the ACC field hockey quarterfinals. North Carolina (17-2) advances to Friday’s 3:30 p.m. semifinal against the winner of the game between third-seeded Boston College and sixth-seeded Syracuse. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Tar Heels (17-2) received the penalty stroke after calling for a video review, which isn’t used during the regular season but is in place for the tournament. During the ninth minute of overtime, Emily Wold was fouled in the circle, and North Carolina requested a review of the play. The officials awarded the Tar Heels a stroke. Notman’s game-winner was her 11th goal of the year.
The Blue Devils (12-6) scored during the 40th minute. Jessica Buttinger sent a cross from the left side and Ashley Kristen tapped it in from the far post for her fourth goal of the year and a 1-0 Duke lead.
North Carolina tied the score in the 47th minute on its first penalty corner of the second half and second of the game. Samantha Travers took the initial shot and Emma Bozek tipped the ball up and into the cage to tie the score.
The Tar Heels also put defenders Katie Bowen and Satara Murray on the all-conference first team.