With none of its top seven goal scorers from last year on the current active roster, the No. 4 North Carolina men’s soccer team needed a little help from some new faces and its proven back line to find a way to win two tough opening matches of the season.
The Tar Heels kicked off the annual Carolina Nike Classic by grinding out a thrilling 1-0 victory in double overtime against Monmouth on Friday. And though thunderstorms postponed Sunday’s match until Labor Day, UNC came out Monday morning with an electric second half, scoring four goals in a span of 18 minutes and shutting out No. 13 Coastal Carolina 4-0.
“The morning kickoff was strange. We’re not used to that,” coach Carlos Somoano said. “And I don’t know if our performance was some kind of nice, beautiful soccer performance.
“I don’t think it was. But it was gutty and it was gritty and we had a lot of guys contribute.”
The weekend wins marked the emergence of forward Tyler Engel, a junior transfer from Southern Methodist, as one of those prominent new contributors.