Louisville field hockey pulled off the unthinkable last night with a 3-1 win over #1 North Carolina. Margot Lawn's open net goal in the final seconds was the dagger on a game that left the field hockey world in disbelief.
North Carolina came into the match on a 47-game win streak dating back to November of 2017. The two-time defending champion Tar Heels were fresh off a 2019 NCAA Championship and were a heavy favorite to repeat.
"It's certainly nice to be that team that beat such a terrific team and legendary coach. I'm really proud," said head coach Justine Sowry.
UofL took an early lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter on Mercedes Pastor's team-leading third goal of the season. The goal was set up on a UofL corner that was inserted by Alli Bitting and received by Meghan Schneider.
Shortly before halftime the Cards added to the lead. Pastor fed the ball into the box to Margot Lawn, who deflected up and into the cage past the UNC keeper.
Coming out of the half, the Tar Heels relied on fancy stickwork during an advantage to cut into the lead.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, North Carolina pulled their goalkeeper to bring in an extra offensive player, leaving an open goal. UofL took advantage on a fast break with six seconds remaining as Aimee Plumb fed the ball to Lawn, who laid the ball perfectly in the cage.
The win improves Louisville's record to 3-0 on the year, all at home. They close out their home season on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., against Boston College.