The No. 9 North Carolina men’s soccer team defeated William & Mary 4-1 Tuesday night in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Tar Heels put forth a complete team effort to come away with a dominant victory and a season-high four goals.
As has been the case with many of their nonconference games this season, UNC (6-1) dominated the Tribe (5-3) from the moment the ball was kicked off.
The Tar Heels' midfielders and forwards pressured the Tribe every time a player got hold of the ball, forcing William & Mary to make mistakes and turn the ball over.
It took the Tar Heels only 13 minutes to start scoring.
First-year Jeremy Kelly coolly chipped the ball over the Tribe’s goalkeeper from close range after receiving a cross from junior forward Zach Wright to put North Carolina up 1-0. Less than five minutes later, UNC doubled its lead when Wright fired a shot past the keeper.
Just when it seemed that the Tar Heels had the game under complete control, William & Mary got right back in it. William Eskay found a gap in the Tar Heels’ backline and sent the ball skipping past goalkeeper James Pyle in the 21st minute to pull one back for the Tribe.
However, William & Mary could not keep pace with North Carolina’s gritty style of play over the course of an entire game.
Redshirt seniors Tucker and Walker Hume each scored in the second half, while the defense held strong to seal the 4-1 victory for UNC.