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Sunday May 28th

UNC men's soccer gets assist from ball boy

One second remained.

A bona fide buzzer beater from sophomore Zach Wright proved to be the highlight of the No. 5 North Carolina soccer team's 3-0 victory over visiting Santa Clara on Sunday night. The UNC offense finally found its rhythm, as the team improved its record to 2-0 on the young season.

It was a chaotic scene that led to Wright’s first-half goal.

First, the ball skipped out of play with exactly 13 seconds left on the clock as the referee signaled for a corner, and the ten-second countdown began on the PA system.

Then, an unlikely hero emerged for the Tar Heels — the ball boy.

The ball boy fired an extra soccer ball in the direction of redshirt freshman Andy Lopez, who was sprinting over to take the corner. The ball boy’s throw was right on the money, allowing Lopez to get the ball into play.

Lopez quickly placed the ball in the corner, took a small run-up and delivered the ball into the box, where Wright leaped above the Broncos' defense and headed the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net. One second remained on the clock as the ball trickled in, sending the Fetzer Field faithful into excitement.


“The ball boy’s the real MVP. The assist to the assist was all the ball boy.” — Andy Lopez on the pass that set up the last-second goal.


Sophomore David October was dangerous all evening for the Tar Heels, continuing to master the hybrid midfielder/defender position. Though he only attempted one shot, October was a constant threat in Bronco territory.

Omar Holness moved up from the midfield into a more advanced position on the right wing, allowing him to use his speed and play-making ability.

Numbers that matter

2: The number of red cards given to Santa Clara; one by an assistant coach for a confrontation with the referee, and the other on defender Benjamin Kucera for a vicious slide tackle on UNC’s Tucker Hume.

12: The number of corner kicks taken by North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels 22 corners in just 2 games.

0: The number of goals allowed by UNC over the first two games. The trio of Jonathan Campbell, Alex Comsia and Colton Storm has anchored a tough UNC defense.

Up Next

The Tar Heels will host William & Mary this Friday at 7 pm.

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