UNC Women’s Field Hockey punches ticket to title game

Erin Matson had a historic playing career at the University of North Carolina leaving a legacy that will be tough to match. And now, in her first year as the head coach, Matson has the program back in the national championship.

With a 2-0 win on Friday over Virginia in the Final Four, Matson’s Tar Heels have punched their ticket to Sunday’s title game.

Ryleigh Heck’s goal was all UNC needed as she scored to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead over the Cavaliers. They added another goal in the third quarter with Sietske Brüning’s penalty score. That sealed the deal as the Tar Heels kept the Cavaliers from scoring.

With the win, UNC moves on to the title game and will play either Duke or Northwestern at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

UNC is looking for the program’s fifth tile in the previous six years, winning four since 2018. They have been in the title game in each of the last six years, with the only loss coming to Northwestern in 2021.

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