Scott Goodwin has never lost a penalty shootout.
So when 110 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough for either the North Carolina men’s soccer team or Maryland-Baltimore County to net a goal in the second-round NCAA Tournament contest, the Tar Heels went into the shootout a confident group.
Goodwin set the tone immediately by saving the first shot. He went on to deny two more attempts as UNC claimed the shootout three goals to two.
“I think knowing that Scott’s behind us in goal and he’s going to get at least one or two and today even three, it makes us feel a lot more comfortable with our own PKs,” Alex Walters said after coming off the bench and netting his penalty attempt.
“If we miss he’s still got our back. We still know we have that opportunity to win the game.”
Cameron Brown was the first Tar Heel to shoot after Goodwin denied the Retrievers’ first shot. He stepped up and placed one past UMBC keeper Phil Saunders into the lower right corner.
Brown agreed that having Goodwin on the other side takes a lot of the pressure off.
“We’ve been here for all of Scott’s saves in these shootouts,” Brown said. “Typically, when you go up there you know that the other team is probably going to miss at least one — going off what Scott’s done in recent years.
“It is a huge help because it takes a lot off of you and you know that even if you miss you can still be tied because Scott will pull one out for us.”