NEWTON, Mass. (WKTV) - Emily Wold's first-half goal proved to be the difference on Friday in the ACC Championship semifinals as third-seeded North Carolina defeated second-seed Syracuse, 1-0.
The No. 2-ranked nationally Orange (16-3) now awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NCAA.com. The Tar Heels advance to face Maryland in Sunday's final.
It appeared Syracuse had tied the game with 3:10 remaining in the second half when Jordan Page sent a ball into the circle that found the back of the net. After the officials called it a goal, the play was reviewed. The call was then reversed following the video review, which is being used in the ACC Championship for the first time, when it was deemed a defender did not touch the ball inside the scoring circle.
Syracuse continued to apply late pressure. UNC goalie Sassi Ammer made back-to-back saves on shots by Emma Russell and Lauren Brooks with just under a minute to go, and after the Orange pulled goalie Jess Jecko for an extra attacker, earned a penalty corner just before time expired. With zeroes on the clock, Leonie Geyer's shot was stopped by Ammer for her seventh save and UNC cleared to end the game.
Wold scored the game's lone goal in the 25th minute on a diving deflection of a crossing pass from Loren Shealy for her fifth goal of the season.
Final shots were 9-5 in favor of the Orange, while SU earned four penalty corners and UNC had none.
Jecko, a Sauquoit native, finished the game with two saves in goal for Syracuse.
It was the second 1-0 game between the two teams in less than a week. The Orange defeated the Tar Heels in the regular season finale last Saturday at Coyne Field.