With just four seconds remaining, first-year Sebastian Berhalter whipped a free kick into the box looking for a game-winning header.
It looked like the No. 11 North Carolina men’s soccer team was going to escape Tuesday's non-conference game as victors when junior Santiago Herrera put his head to the ball for a forceful shot.
However, the Tar Heels (3-1-2) came away with defeated looks when the ball found the Davidson (1-3-1) goalkeeper’s hands. The last second save earned the Wildcats a 0-0 draw, an excellent result from their perspective.
UNC, on the other hand, was disappointed with the outcome, which came against a team whose only victory this season came against Wake Technical Community College in overtime.
“It’s a little unfortunate,” senior captain Mauricio Pineda said. “Obviously we want to win every game."
Head coach Carlos Somoano was a bit more blunt in his response: “Obviously, I’m disappointed.”
The Tar Heels dominated the stat sheet on a scoreless night, leading 14-1 in shots and 3-0 in shots on goal.
But Davidson “parked the bus,” and would at times play 10 men behind the ball on defense. The usually potent UNC attack struggled to capitalize on its chances.
“We don’t really focus on the opponent too much,” Pineda said. “We just try to stick to our game plan to the best that we can.”