CARY — On Saturday night, the North Carolina men's soccer team made history and got one step closer to claiming the ultimate prize.
The Tar Heels (17-3-1) edged a scrappy Fordham squad, 2-1, to advance to the program’s second straight College Cup. It was a hard-fought match, but UNC’s attacking strength proved too much for the Rams (14-6-3), who had notched the program’s first three NCAA Tournament wins to reach the Elite Eight.
“Fordham is a heck of a good team," North Carolina head coach Carlos Somoano said. “Some people like to make it out that they’re a good story to be here. They’re more than a good story, they’re a good team, and they deserved to be here tonight.”
The win propelled UNC into the NCAA semifinal for a record sixth time in the last ten years and gave the program its 23rd NCAA Tournament win during that span — also a nation-best accomplishment. Somoano was nostalgic in addressing how far senior forwards Zach Wright and Alan Winn have come to lead this team back to the College Cup.
“I couldn’t be happier to be sitting with these two guys right now," Somoano said with a hint of a smile. “It seems like just yesterday they showed up and we were talking about some funny stuff four years ago, and they’ve just grown so much. I’m proud to see the way they played tonight to get us back to the College Cup”.