That dreaded moment when you know your game is over. The umpire lifts a red card and that’s the end of the game for the player. That red card moment is coming for two of four teams in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
The ACC started off with four teams in the tournament with the conference hosting two sites and earning two at-large berths.
North Carolina, as ACC champion earned a number one seed while Duke was awarded a number four seed. Both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils hosted first and second round games.
Wake Forest and Virginia laid claim to the at-large bids and hit the road for their openers. The Demon Deacons defeated Iowa, 3-2 and the Cavaliers fell to Princeton, 2-1.
Meanwhile, North Carolina defeated William & Mary, 4-0 and Duke took out Miami (OH), 1-0 as both teams advanced to second round play.
Team Red Card – How They Got There
The second round had North Carolina pitted against Michigan with the Tar Heels producing a 5-2 final decision.
Our first ‘team red card’ came home to roost in the ACC as Wake Forest met with Duke. Neither team was willing to lay down and roll over as the game was played into double overtime. The Blue Devils came out on the short end of the stick dropping 1-0 to the Demon Deacons.
Who’s next? North Carolina and Wake Forest will share center stage in the semifinals on Friday at 1:00pm ET (Watch Live). Unfortunately, another ‘team red card’ awaits one of these conference foes.
The two teams met in early October during the regular season and the Tar Heels came out on top 5-1. Their most recent matchup was the ACC Field Hockey Championship where North Carolina won a 7-2 decision.
Team Red Card – How They Leave
Is Wake Forest ready, willing and able to push the Heels aside in pursuit of a national championship? Or will that third time be a charm for North Carolina?
The winner will face either Princeton or Maryland who will play their semifinal match at Louisville’s Trager Stadium at 3:45pm ET (Watch Live).
The NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game will follow the semifinals at 6:00pm ET.
An ACC team will advance to the 2018 NCAA Field Hockey Championship on Sunday, November 18 with game time set for 1:00pm ET.