The North Carolina men’s soccer team (6-4-1, 2-3-0 ACC) lost to Wake Forest (6-4-1, 1-3-1 ACC), 2-1, at Dorrance Field on Friday night.
Wake Forest wasted no time pressing the Tar Heel defense. Within the fourth minute, Wake Forest forward Kyle Holcomb broke away for a shot that missed right.
Shortly after, UNC returned to its aggressive offensive playstyle, attempting three shots in the span of four minutes. Graduate forward Santiago Herrera sent the ball to the bottom right of the goal, but it was saved by Wake Forest goalkeeper Trace Alphin. Junior forward Jonathan Jimenez took the next two shots — the first was saved by Alphin while the second soared over the goal.
Sophomore midfielder Colin Thomas got another promising look just before the half ended, hitting the left woodwork. The chippy first half saw six fouls from Wake Forest, three of which were from midfielder Omar Hernandez. UNC had three fouls, and by halftime, the game remained scoreless.
Shortly after the second half started, Wake Forest midfielder Chase Oliver broke away and streaked down the left side of the field with the ball, lobbing it to defender Kijima Hosei. Hosei headed the ball, finding Holcomb in the middle of the goal box who found the back of the net to give Wake Forest a 1-0 lead.
UNC first-year forward Tega Ikoba then registered two fouls within the next three minutes. In the 53rd minute, Ikoba sent the ball to the bottom right corner of the goal off an assist by sophomore midfielder Tim Schels, evening the score 1-1. Seven minutes later, Wake Forest freshman Ryan Fessler attempted a shot that went out left.
Just before the 70th minute, UNC graduate forward Gerit Wintermeyer was injured after colliding with a Wake Forest player. Wintermeyer was carted off the field shortly after. The status of his injury is unknown.
In the 77th minute, Alphin saved two shots from UNC first-year Ken Bellini and Herrera, respectively. A corner kick in the 86th minute gave Wake Forest’s Holcomb a promising header, but UNC goalkeeper Alec Smir leaped up and knocked the ball away.