No. 5 Tar Heels Slip By No. 22 Deacons in Overtime
Oct. 27, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 5 North Carolina's Kealia Ohai found the back of the net in overtime to lead the Tar Heels to a 2-1 win over No. 22 Wake Forest on Sunday at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons (10-5-2, 5-5-2 ACC) had taken a first-half lead on a brilliant strike by Riley Ridgik, but the Tar Heels (15-3-0, 9-3-0 ACC) equalized just after halftime thanks to Crystal Dunn and then netted the winner in overtime.
Ridgik's goal was a thing of beauty as she ran at the entire North Carolina defense on her own before unleashing a laser from 25 yards that beat goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin and found its way to the top-left corner.
The junior midfielder leads the Demon Deacons with nine goals this year, seven of them coming against ACC opposition.
But with the Tar Heels attacking relentlessly, the Demon Deacons were unable to hold the lead. North Carolina tied the score in the 51st minute as Summer Green beat a defender on the left and then crossed to Dunn at the penalty spot. Dunn ripped a low shot past Bledsoe and into the back of the net.
Aubrey Bledsoe made six saves in net as Wake Forest beat back a number of attacks, becoming the first team to take North Carolina to overtime this season.
The Deacons had their chances to take all three points. Megan Curan headed an Ally Berry corner kick just wide of the right post late in the second half, and Ridgik squirted a shot through a maze of defenders in overtime that sent Tar Heel keeper Anna Sieloff scrambling to her far post to keep it out.
Wake Forest will close out the regular season on the road at NC State on Thursday at 7 p.m.