North Carolina freshman Colton Storm’s chip arched toward the far corner of the net, but the shot landed harmlessly in the gloves of the UNC-Wilmington keeper with no Tar Heel blue in sight. Storm immediately threw up his hands in frustration — his figure illuminated by the scoreboard ticking down the final minutes of the match.
This action epitomized the No. 20 UNC men’s soccer team’s effort in its 1-0 loss to the Seahawks Tuesday night.
Although UNC (5-3-5) tallied 16 shots to UNC-W’s four, the Tar Heels failed to capitalize in the non-conference matchup.
“It’s not how many shots we take, it’s about the quality of the shots,” junior midfielder Verneri Valimaa said.
The frustration is not a new notion to the Tar Heels who have struggled offensively all season. After the first minutes of play, UNC appeared to be on the brink of finishing with narrow attempts from Valimaa, junior Tyler Engel and senior Josh Rice.
“We had really good looks in the first 15 minutes,” coach Carlos Somoano said. “I don’t have any easy way to say this as a coach but somebody’s just got to put it in.”
Their best chance came when junior defender Jordan McCrary made a deep drive up the sideline. He sent a cross to Valimaa whose header look destined for the side pocket of the net.
Seahawk goalkeeper Sean Melvin’s last second diving save kept UNC-W alive .
Although UNC was getting many chances, UNC-W made its count.