On Saturday, the North Carolina men’s soccer team got one step closer to returning to the College Cup.
The Tar Heels (16-3-1, 6-1-1 ACC) advanced to their eighth Elite Eight appearance in the past 10 years after defeating a pesky Southern Methodist (17-3-1, 5-1-1 American) squad by a score of 2-0.
The Mustangs employed a defensive approach in the first half, holding the Tar Heels to just five shots while packing the defensive side of the field. The teams went into halftime scoreless.
With five minutes gone in the second half, the Tar Heels finally got onto the scoreboard. Sophomore midfielder Jack Skahan possessed the ball 25 yards out from the left side of the field. He made a quick move, then fired a laser into the box. The ball skidded just past forward Alan Winn’s run, and snuck into the bottom right corner of the goal, giving the Tar Heels a 1-0 advantage.
“I didn’t see the goal," Skahan said with a smile. “I was going for a guy in the middle, and it got on frame and went in. That’s normally a cross for me.”