DURHAM — Senior captain Jordan Gafa unleashed a strike from the right corner of the box that rustled the netting on the left side of the goal less than two minutes into overtime at Koskinen Stadium.
Before the game-winner hit the soggy turf in the goal, Gafa was already in full sprint headed toward a sea of light blue and in the process of removing his jersey.
Moments before, the rest of the North Carolina men’s soccer team had seen that result coming.
UNC-Duke quick facts
Here are the highlights from North Carolina’s 2-1 overtime win at Duke on Friday night:
- Duke forward Riley Wolfe scored the game’s first goal in the 59th minute.
- UNC’s Cameron Brown equalized in the 87th. Jordan Gafa scored the game-winner in the second minute of overtime.
- Duke’s Chase Keesling and Ryan Thompson were both sent off in the last 10 minutes of regulation.
- UNC improved to 7-1-1 with the win.
“What I saw? I saw stars. I saw a goal coming,” sophomore Jordan McCrary said about the final play. “I knew he was going to get that.”
Gafa’s strike ended what was a physical and emotional contest. The Blue Devils and the Tar Heels combined for 29 fouls and the referee flashed five yellow cards.