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Tuesday August 9th

UNC men's soccer match against Campbell ends in tie after two overtimes

<p>UNC midfielder Jack Skahan (8) drives the ball forward against Virginia Tech at Finley Fields on Nov. 4, 2018.</p>
Buy Photos Jack Skahan in 2018. The senior midfielder assisted on UNC's only goal to tie against Cambell.

The No. 21 North Carolina men’s soccer team continued its recent struggles on Tuesday night at Campbell University, tying the unranked Camels 1-1 in double overtime after a grueling 110 minutes of play.

What happened?

The Tar Heels came out strong offensively, earning four corner kicks and firing off two shots within the first 15 minutes of play. It was North Carolina’s inability to capitalize on these opportunities throughout the game that ultimately decided the game.

After the initial onslaught by the Tar Heels, Campbell began to settle in and produce some goal scoring opportunities of its own. The Camels were able to capitalize in the 20th minute on their first earned corner kick, finishing a lofted cross with a low header that bounced off the wet turf and through the legs of senior midfielder, Jack Skahan.

North Carolina wasted no time in equalizing the score. In an exhibition of excellent passing, junior Alex Rose sent the ball over to Skahan at the top right corner of the box who immediately sent it back into the center. Without taking a touch to collect it, Rose struck the ball low and hard towards the Campbell goalkeeper. The ball deflected off the keeper and slowly dribbled past the goal line to give Rose his seventh goal of the season in the 23rd minute.

The quick succession of these goals would not reflect the rest of the game. After scoring two goals in a three-minute span, the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 for the remainder of the contest.

“We were dominating the game and playing pretty well. We just couldn’t really finish our chances,” Rose said. “It was unfortunate that the game ended in a tie.”

Frustrations rose in a second period that saw five yellow cards, four of which came in the final six minutes of regulation.

“It was just the heat of the moment,” Rose said. “I know every player out there wants to win badly, and everyone’s doing their best to win. But sometimes people just get mad in the moment and heat up.”

Milo Garvanian struck a shot that would have given the Tar Heels victory in the 108th minute, but instead rolled just inches past the goalpost, capping off a frustrating night of close calls and missed opportunities for North Carolina.  

Who stood out?

Skahan’s assist to Rose was his 5th of the season, already eclipsing his career season totals from previous years. His attacking play from the right wing has been valuable to the Tar Heels throughout the season and this game was no exception.

Senior captain Mauricio Pineda also provided North Carolina with valuable offense, recording a game high four shots. The Tar Heels out-shot Campbell 18-7.

When was it decided?

The game was up in the air through the entire 110 minutes of play. As the match went on, the condition of the pitch got worse and worse, making goal scoring opportunities even more difficult to come by.

Although North Carolina seemed to have the upper hand throughout the game, it was anyone’s game until the final whistle. 

Why does it matter?

Coming into this game, the Tar Heels had dropped their last two, losing to Syracuse and Wake Forest in the previous week. This tie moves UNC's record to 7-4-3 and could potentially drop them out of the top 25.

While UNC would’ve liked a win in this game, a tie is a step in the right direction.

“I think we’re going to be fine,” Rose said. “We definitely thought we played a good game so were coming in with a positive vibe for the next one.”

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels take on Louisville in Chapel Hill on Friday, Oct. 25.

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