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Hume brothers connect in No. 2 UNC men's soccer win over Pittsburgh

The No.2 North Carolina men’s soccer team (5-1, 2-0) bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat Pittsburgh (1-4-1, 0-2) 1-0 on Friday night at Fetzer Field. Redshirt senior Walker Hume scored in the 37th minute while UNC earned its fourth shutout of the season.

What happened?

The Panthers' rattling defense caused the Tar Heels to struggle early on offensively, forcing many turnovers close to or within the box. But Pittsburgh’s offense struggled to retain possession and was unable to respond to capitalize on UNC’s mistakes.

Panthers' junior Raj Kahlon attempted the first shot for either team, but it was wide of the goal post. North Carolina sophomore Nils Bruening responded in the 15th minute with a flick from junior Zach Wright to register the first shot of the game for the Tar Heels, but it proved to be no good.

The game was scoreless until the Tar Heels found their answer in Walker Hume, who scored the first and only goal of the night near the end of the opening half.

The Panthers' offense had no answer for UNC’s solid defense, attempting just three shots all game and zero shots on goal.

Who stood out?

Redshirt sophomore James Pyle was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after he made six saves against Clemson a week ago. After a rocky finish in Tuesday night’s game against East Tennessee State, Pyle lived up to the defensive honor by recording his fourth clean sheet of the season.

When was it decided?

With eight minutes to go in the first half, the Tar Heels were granted a free kick. Tucker Hume assisted to his twin brother, Walker, who shot the ball into the net for the first Hume-to-Hume goal of their careers at UNC.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels were able to rebound after a stunning loss against East Tennessee State University to shut out an ACC foe in conference play. The resilient win should give the team a boost and time to learn from its mistakes early in the season.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will travel to Williamsburg, Virginia, to take on William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.


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