Cary - As the North Carolina men's soccer team shuffled towards the locker room Sunday night, the only sounds were the crunches of cleats on concrete and the distant noises of James Madison’s celebrations.
The ACC runner-up Tar Heels (14-4-1, 6-1-0 ACC) had their season ended prematurely as the James Madison Dukes bested the No. 5 seed Tar Heels, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
UNC walked off the field stunned.
James Madison (14-4-3, 6-2-0 CAA) struck quickly as junior midfielder Manuel Ferriol fired a cannon into the back of the net at the 27 minute mark to give the Dukes an early lead. But the Tar Heels responded less than five minutes later. Senior Nils Bruening sent a pass to a crowd gathered outside the goal, and forward Giovanni Montedeosca emerged to knock it in and tie the game at 1-1. It was the last assist of Bruening’s accomplished career as a Tar Heel.