The North Carolina men’s soccer team (5-2-1, 1-2-0 ACC) earned its first conference win of the season on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Virginia, behind goals from graduate forwards Santiago Herrera and Alex Rose.
The Tar Heels and the Cavaliers were evenly matched in the first half, as both teams each recorded two shots on goal. Neither team was able to find the back of the net, however, and the match remained scoreless heading into the break.
In the second half, UNC came out with a sense of urgency, putting up nine shots while holding Virginia to only three. In the 78th minute, the Tar Heels were rewarded a penalty kick after a hand ball from Virginia, and UNC capitalized with a goal by Herrera.
Six minutes later, the Tar Heels added an insurance goal from Rose and the defense locked down the Cavaliers the rest of the way to seal the 2-0 win.
Who stood out?
Herrera’s goal marks his eighth goal in eight games so far on the season. Rose’s goal increased his tally to four in eight games. Graduate goalkeeper Alec Smir recorded his fifth shutout of the season in net for the Tar Heels, picking up three saves.
For Virginia, Holden Brown made three saves. Leo Afonso, Daniel Wright and Jules Anderson recorded the Cavaliers' shots on goal.