Buzzer beaters are one of the most exciting things in all of sports. They generally happen on the basketball court, but Friday night provided the rare instance where a buzzer beater took place on a soccer pitch.
The North Carolina men’s soccer team was on the right end of that moment, as the buzzer beater gave the team a 1-0 victory against No. 3 Clemson at Dorrance Field.
The game looked like it was going to result in a draw down to the last seconds, but some perfect timing and positioning by grad transfer defender Filippo Zattarin ensured the Tar Heels were able to pick up a win in their home opener against Clemson.
“I usually don’t go up to jump for set pieces because I’m not that tall, but I was like, 'OK, this is the last kick of the game in regular time, so I’m gonna go for the second ball,'" Zattarin said.
That second ball came off a free kick from junior midfielder Milo Garvanian, who lined up just outside the left side of the box in the match's final seconds. His cross was deflected high into the air, giving Zattarin his opportunity to score with just five seconds left in the game.