ACC Women’s Soccer
FINAL: North Carolina 1, Pitt 0
The Pitt Panthers will have to wait a little longer for a signature win against the most successful program in NCAA women’s soccer, as they came up short against No. 5 North Carolina, losing 1-0, as the Tar Heels were awarded the match’s lone goal with the assistance of Video Replay Assistant (VAR) on Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
With the match remaining scoreless in the 81st minute, despite North Carolina’s persistant pressure which included 24 total shots (10 on frame), the Tar Heels found the game winner when Avery Patterson’s header from a Maggie Pierce corner kick hit the lower part of the crossbar.
As the ball came down, PItt’s 5-foot-2 defender Chloe Minas, defending along the goal line, reacted and elevated to get her body up and in front of the ball to keep the ball from crossing the goal line.
After the Panthers quickly cleared the ball away, the game officials, who didn’t signal for a goal, decided to go to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), to determine if the ball did cross the goal line.
Here are a few still shots, from the game’s replay, of the deciding play of the match.
The officials awarded North Carolina with the goal. The Tar Heels would then see out the final nine minutes of the match by controlling possession to pick up their 9th win of the season.
Pitt’s Head Coach Randy Waldrum weighed in after the match on the goal.
Ball never crossed the line…shame
— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum) October 8, 2021
The match was controlled by the Tar Heels, but Robinson was up to the task, keeping her team in the match, making seven saves.
— Pitt Women's Soccer (@Pitt_WSOC) October 8, 2021
In addition to its advantage in shots, North Carolina also held a significant edge on corner kicks (11-0) and in possession. Anna Bout had the Panthers’ lone shot on goal.
This is the closest Pitt has come to beating the Tar Heels since back-to-back one-goal losses in 2013 and 2014.
The Panthers will now travel to Durham, NC, for a match with No. 2 Duke on Sunday.