In 2011, the UNC men’s soccer team made its last trip to Davidson, and left devastated after a goal by Davidson in the 82nd minute concluded the game 1-0. Tuesday night, they came out determined not to face the same fate — and won 1-0.
The game began, but did not last long, as there was over an hour lightning delay after only six minutes of play. When both teams finally came back out on the field, it was Davidson (2-3) who shocked the crowd by controlling the momentum against the No. 3 North Carolina (5-1) team.
Soon after play resumed, Davidson registered the first shot of the game, but it was saved by UNC goalie James Pyle. This strong start from Davidson began to set the Tar Heels in motion, and their level of play quickly increased as well.
Only four minutes later, UNC earned the first corner of the game and took full advantage of it.
Sophomore Lucas Del Rosario swung the ball to the near post where senior Nils Bruening was waiting to head the ball into the goal. This goal put the Tar Heels up 1-0 early in the first half.
For the remainder of the half, both teams traded possessions and shots with no success in reaching the back of the net.
Following halftime, the Tar Heels came out slower and less aggressive, but they were still able to hold Davidson to only one shot on goal in the second half.
The game concluded with North Carolina outshooting Davidson 8-4, winning the game 1-0 thanks to Bruening’s lone goal early in the first half.