North Carolina became only the second ACC team to score a goal against Florida State this season. But it wasn't enough to produce a victory.
UNC freshman forward Annie Kingman scored her second career goal late in the second half, offsetting a first-half goal by Florida State All-American Dagny Brynjarsdottir, to give the fifth-ranked Tar Heels a 1-1 tie with second-ranked Florida State on Thursday night at Fetzer Field.
The draw ended winning streaks of 10 by the Seminoles (14-1-1, 7-0-1) and nine by the Tar Heels (10-2-2, 7-0-1) but did nothing to break the tie at the top of the ACC standings. Each team has two regular-season contests remaining.
Florida State was without its leading goal scorer, sophomore forward Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, and coach Mark Krikorian used only two substitutes in the first half while UNC coach Anson Dorrance shuttled in 10 off the bench. However, one of Florida State's subs made an immediate difference in setting up an European Union goal.
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About four minutes after she entered, senior midfielder Marta Bakowska-Mathews of England ran down a long ball on the left flank as the Seminoles counterattacked. She crossed to Brynjarsdottir, whose header at the 31:26 mark from 10 yards was the 10th goal of the season for the senior from Iceland.
The goal came after Florida State goalkeeper Cassie Miller came up with the first of her two saves on the night, on Amber Munerlyn's close-range shot. Bryane Heaberlin had one save for UNC as the Seminoles held a 5-3 shot advantage in the half. Lindsey Harris played the second half and overtimes for UNC and turned in a career-high six saves as FSU held a 15-12 shot advantage.
UNC's bench produced the equalizer at 62:54 as Kingman finished off a nice give-and-go interchange between Sarah Ashley Firstenberg and Summer Green on Firstenberg's cross. The three players had returned to the match in the second half just 29 seconds earlier. It was the 12th goal of UNC's 23 this year scored by a substitute and only the second allowed by Florida State in an ACC match this season. The other came in a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech. The Seminoles have yielded only eight goals overall.
FSU had won four in a row in the series, which UNC leads 24-6-3. UNC hasn't beaten FSU since the 2011 regular season, a 2-0 decision. Since then UNC had lost three 1-0 decisions and 2-1 in overtime in last year's ACC tournament before the tie. UNC is now 5-2-2 against ranked teams this year, while FSU is 3-1-1.
FSU was 2-2-3 in its last six trips to Fetzer Field and had won its last two visits here, 1-0 in double overtime in the 2011 ACC tournament and 1-0 in the 2012 regular season. The Seminoles were bidding to become only the third school to beat UNC three times in a row at Fetzer, joining Notre Dame (2007-10) and Virginia (2011-13).