The No. 4 UNC men’s soccer team lost to rival Virginia on Friday night at Fetzer Field, 2-1. The Tar Heels’ (8-2-1, 3-1-1 ACC) dominant first-half performance was nullified by a two-goal second half from the Cavaliers (6-2-3, 1-2-2 ACC).
Thanks to rainy conditions, the game got off to a sloppy start for both sides. The wet pitch made defending difficult and accurate passing a challenge.
North Carolina adjusted quickly, however, and began to dominate possession. UNC’s midfield players forced the game to be played on Virginia’s side of the field for the majority of the half.
It took almost 40 minutes for the Tar Heels to find a breakthrough against the Cavalier’s backline.
Redshirt senior defender Walker Hume put North Carolina up 1-0 in the 37th minute when he skied above his defender and headed the ball into the net after receiving a cross from junior David October. It was Hume’s fourth goal of the season.
The tone of the game changed as the second half began. The Cavaliers came out with more energy and composure, while UNC came out looking sluggish and uninterested.
This change manifested itself in an equalizing goal for Virginia. Pablo Aguilar popped the ball over redshirt sophomore goalkeeper James Pyle to even the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.
The Tar Heels created a number of chances after the Cavalier goal, but were unable to take the lead.