In the teams' five total matchups, the North Carolina men’s soccer team had never lost to Syracuse.
That changed Saturday.
After trailing for much of the game, the Orange scored three straight goals in the final 20 minutes to upset the No. 18 team in the nation, 4-3, in Chapel Hill.
It was a tale of two halves. UNC got off to a slow start, allowing Syracuse sophomore midfielder Ryan Raposo to score just 42 seconds into the game. The ball squeaked past the near post, avoiding the reach of sophomore goalkeeper Alec Smir.
The Tar Heels found a response in the 15th minute off a strong header from sophomore Alex Rose. Senior Mauricio Pineda lobbed a pass to set Rose up with the tying goal.
The team finished the first half strong, scoring another goal in the 33rd minute. First-year Jonathan Jimenez used a great run to get separation from the defense, making a move on the goalie and scoring on the open net.
North Carolina went into the locker room with a 2-1 halftime lead and all the momentum on its side. A second-half penalty-kick goal by junior forward Santiago Herrera extended the lead to two.
But then Syracuse scored two goals in just over three minutes, tying the game. Raposo scored one and assisted on the other.
But the Orange weren't done.