CARY — Just into the second minute of the game, a yellow card to junior Mauricio Pineda brought out the intensity of the North Carolina men's soccer team.
The reaction of the crowd and players to that moment reenergized the No. 3 Tar Heels, who beat Clemson, 2-0, at WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday night. It was their first home game in 20 days, but turned out to be the sixth straight win in a row.
This aggressive style of play continued as both teams traded possessions without any shots on goal.
About 20 minutes into the first half, senior Nils Bruening gained possession of the ball down the line and crossed it to sophomore Giovanni Montesdeoca, who put the ball into the back of the net for the Tar Heels first goal of the night.
“I’ve worked on my finishing," said Montesdeoca, who took two more shots in the first half. "It was something coach emphasized over the summer, and it was something I wanted to improve on coming into this year.”