05/09 20:31 CDT Matson's OT goal lifts Tar Heels to 9th field hockey title
Matson's OT goal lifts Tar Heels to 9th field hockey title
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) --- Erin Matson scored the sudden victory goal in the
seventh minute of overtime to lift North Carolina to its third consecutive
title with a 4-3 win over Michigan in the NCAA field hockey championship game
on Sunday night.
On North Carolina's second penalty corner in a row, Matson took it to her
reverse side and smashed it through the legs of Wolverines goalkeeper Anna
Spieker. It was Matson's third goal of the match and 30th of the season for the
top-seeded Tar Heels (19-1).
North Carolina won its third consecutive championship for the second time in
program history (1995-97) and tied Old Dominion for an NCAA-best ninth title.
The last time a UNC team won a championship on campus was when the women's
soccer team led by Mia Hamm beat George Mason 6-0 on Nov. 21, 1993.
Kathryn Peterson and Sarah Pyrtek scored goals in the 40th and 45th minutes to
erase a two-goal deficit late in the third quarter for the No. 2 seed
Kate Burney opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Michigan and Matson tied
it for North Carolina 33 seconds later.
Bryn Boylan gave the Tar Heels their first lead with a penalty stroke goal in
the 18th minute and Matson made it 3-1 in the 38th minute.