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Saturday June 10th

UNC men's soccer remains undefeated, beats Duke 2-1

Zach Wright was everywhere for the No. 2 North Carolina men’s soccer team on Saturday night against Duke.

The sophomore made tireless runs, ran hard into tackles, and most importantly for the Tar Heels, provided both assists in UNC’s 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils. With the win, the Tar Heels improve to 7-0-1 on the year and 3-0 in ACC play.

Wright’s two assists came on similar plays at about the same time of each half. He also found two different targets.

Just three minutes and 44 seconds into the match, Wright received a pass and whipped the ball across the frame of the goal, where Alex Olofson was lurking. Olofson managed to get a toe on the ball, and it skipped off of the slick turf and into the back of the net to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.

Three minutes and 33 seconds into the second half, Wright and the Tar Heels struck again. He got the ball onto his right foot and zipped the ball into the box to Alan Winn, who scored his third goal of the season.

The Blue Devils managed to score a goal in the 59th minute but could never muster enough of a charge to find the equalizer.


“We live together, we do everything together. We do some weird things, but we work together.” — Wright on his relationship with Winn.


Saturday's match was originally scheduled for Friday, but it was pushed back a day because of rain. The field was slick, and the ball skipped all around the soggy field.

Senior Raby George seemed to score on a free kick in the second half, but the goal was waved off because the referee hadn't blown his whistle yet. George's shot was saved by the Duke goalkeeper on the redo. 

Three numbers that matter

20: UNC attempted 20 shots during Saturday's match, while the Blue Devils tallied 10.

2,010: The number of fans who fought the elements and brought a spirited atmosphere to a dreary night at Fetzer Field.

4: North Carolina used only four substitutes on Saturday night. Coach Carlos Somanao said he is shortening his rotation as ACC play gets into full swing.

Whats next? 

The Tar Heels play at Pittsburgh on Friday at 7 p.m.


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