North Carolina men’s soccer Coach Carlos Somoano searched all season for a reliable striker.
But when the Tar Heels needed a goal the most, they couldn’t find one in their 1-0 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal loss to Indiana Friday night.
The Tar Heels created plenty of chances — outshooting Indiana 13-6 in the game and 4-0 in the first half — but couldn’t find a finishing touch.
While UNC failed to find an established finisher, Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta scored his 18th goal of the season in the 60th minute. UNC’s senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made a reflex save on Zavaleta’s first headed effort, but the Indiana striker stayed calm to head in the rebound.
“We did most of the things we wanted to do, but in the end, the only plays that matter are the ones in the box,” Somoano said. “We know that it hasn’t been easy for us to score goals, and it caught us tonight.”