The No. 2 North Carolina men’s soccer team (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday against East Tennessee State (3-2) in a 1-0 defeat at Fetzer Field. The Buccaneers scored in the 92nd minute to sink the Tar Heels.
East Tennessee State relied on a bend-but-don’t-break defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland. In the 12th minute, he collided with UNC sophomore Nils Bruening and took a blow to the head. But he stayed in the game and anchored the Buccaneers’ stingy defense.
With four minutes left in the opening half, UNC had its best chance to break the tie when redshirt senior Tucker Hume had back-to-back shots saved — including one off Sutherland’s fingertips.
As in the first half, UNC dominated possession through much of the second. But neither team could solve the other’s defense, as both sides remained scoreless.
In the final minutes of regulation, Zach Wright looked to repeat his late-game theatrics from the prior game. But the junior came up short as the game went to extra time.
And within two minutes of extra time, East Tennessee State scored the game’s lone goal to secure the win.