The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team (7–2–1, 1–0–1 ACC) lost a 2–0 lead in a span of five minutes late in regulation, but managed a 2–2 draw against No. 4 North Carolina (7–1–1, 0–1–1 ACC) in double overtime, earning a meaningful point against one of the top teams in the country.
Tori Powell’s fourth goal of the season in the 31st minute gave the Hokies a 1–0 lead at halftime. Forward Nicole Kozlova netted her sixth goal of the season in the 80th minute, giving Virginia Tech a 2–0 lead and a shot at a major upset. However, in the 82nd minute UNC player Avery Patterson scored, and then Emily Colton put one in in the 85th, quickly erasing the two-goal deficit to force overtime.
On a night where the Hokies were outshot 32–10 and 16–5 on goal, standout goalie Alia Skinner came up with 14 saves, including multiple ones late into the second overtime. This marked the Hokies’ first point against a top-five team since 2015, as well as the third time that the Hokies have ever recorded a point against the Tar Heels.
The schedule does not get any easier for the Hokies any time soon, as No. 2 Duke travels to Blacksburg on Sunday night for a critical ACC showdown.