After allowing four goals to Pittsburgh on Friday, the No. 16 North Carolina men's soccer team regained its footing defensively, holding Campbell to zero shots in Tuesday's 1-0 victory.
A goal from junior Cameron Fisher in the 82nd minute was all that was needed to secure the win in the defensive battle. Fisher is now tied with sophomore Ernest Bawa for the team lead in goals, with three each so far this season.
However, sophomore Riley Thomas noted that he felt the team’s spacing was off and that the team was late on a couple of reads. While UNC put up a strong defensive performance, there still seems to be room for improvement.
“I feel like they had a decent amount of chances or decent close offside calls,” Thomas said. “I feel like we still have a long way to go in terms of finding our spacing and finding our time.”
Fisher praised the team for being able to work together to create a reliable defensive front.
“I think as a team, we worked hard defensively and offensively to create chances,” Fisher said. “They didn't have a shot, so that's obviously good defensively, but it was totally a team win."
Head coach Carlos Somoano said that he was proud of the team’s performance. He noted that the team is going through a transition right now, as well as facing some significant injuries.
“I'm really proud that even though maybe we're not playing as fluid or as clean as we like, we still found ways to just find little victories in the game, little edges, and didn't get consumed with the fact that it's not all coming together,” Somoano said. “Just because we're not playing awesome right now doesn't mean we can't win a game.”
Despite a slow — and at times, sloppy — first half, the Tar Heels were able to clean things up and take back some control in the second half.