After a barrage of offensive chances in the first half, the North Carolina men's soccer team (3-2-2, 3-2-2 ACC) was unable to score in what turned into a physical, gritty game against Notre Dame (5-2, 4-2 ACC). After a scoreless regulation, Fighting Irish senior Aiden McFadden scored off a free kick in the 99th minute to defeat the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
The first offensive opportunity of the match came from Notre Dame with a corner kick that led to a penalty, setting up a Fighting Irish free kick in the sixth minute. Notre Dame junior Patrick Coleman delivered a high, arching shot dead center of the goal that UNC goalkeeper Alec Smir was just able to bat over the crossbar for the save.
For the remainder of the first half, it was all Tar Heel offense, starting with a shot on goal by sophomore Key White. Racking up seven corner kicks, four free kicks and four shots on goal, the Tar Heels put the pressure on the Notre Dame defense. But they were unable to find the back of the net, in large part due to a defensive clinic by Notre Dame’s senior goalkeeper Keagan McLaughlin.
The momentum flipped in the second half, with the Fighting Irish outshooting the Tar Heels seven to three, but Notre Dame was similarly unsuccessful in scoring. A Notre Dame corner kick in the 60th minute set up a shot from Philip Quinton from the left post that Smir was able to grab a hold of, although some Fighting Irish argued that the ball had crossed the goal line before Smir stopped it.