The No. 3 North Carolina men's soccer team narrowly fell in overtime to No. 1 Wake Forest on Sunday, 1-0, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
UNC (2-1) sophomore forward Jonathan Jimenez started the game off for the Tar Heels by committing a foul in the third minute, the first of many for North Carolina. Jimenez then had two shots back-to-back before the 10th minute. The first shot was blocked by a Wake Forest (4-1) defender, and the second missed high. Wake Forest defender Cristian Escribano’s shot was saved by North Carolina goalkeeper Alec Smir.
Wake Forest was able to have three more looks at the goal in the next 15 minutes, with the first two missing left, while the third was a low center shot by WFU forward Justin McMaster that was saved by Smir. In those same 15 minutes, the Tar Heels committed six fouls. After 45 minutes of play, North Carolina had only 31 percent of the possession.
North Carolina came into the second half appearing to have more purpose, with a shot being taken in the first minute by UNC junior Milo Garvanian. At just over 10 minutes into the second half, the Tar Heels’ forward Giovanni Montesdeoca had a shot that missed high right over the Wake Forest goal.
In the 70th minute, North Carolina senior Alex Rose was issued a yellow card for tripping a Wake Forest player. Smir was able to make another skilled save after Wake Forest’s David Wrona shot from just four yards out.
As the second half was coming to a close, the Tar Heels attempted two shots. The first shot was by midfielder Jacques Bouvery and missed high and to the right. The second shot was from Santiago Herrera, and it was narrowly saved by Demon Deacons goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg. With the scored still tied at 0-0, the game headed into a golden goal overtime.
Following a yellow card, Wake Forest took two corner kicks. The second corner kick resulted in a shot by Wake Forest defender Nico Benalcazar that hit the crossbar and missed. The final shot of the game came in the 97th minute by Demon Deacon Kyle Holcomb to seal a 1-0 win for Wake Forest.