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No. 18 UNC men's soccer draws against Pittsburgh, 0-0

The UNC men’s soccer celebrating a goal during the game versus Duke on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. The Tar Heels won 2-1.

The No. 18 North Carolina men’s soccer team (4-0-4, 1-0-3 ACC) drew, 0-0, against Pittsburgh (4-3-3, 1-1-2 ACC) Friday night, in its fourth conference match of the season.

The Tar Heels were playing without their top goalscorer, graduate midfielder Quenzi Huerman, who was suspended for one game after picking up a red card against Duke. 

Early on, UNC’s pressure high up the field hampered the Panthers’ ability to build from the back. The Tar Heels forced several turnovers early on, but Pitt grew comfortable with the pressure, eventually dominating possession in the first half.

Despite Pitt controlling the ball, UNC generated double the amount of shots in the first half, out-shooting Pitt 6-3. The best chances of the first period came from graduate forwards Martin Vician and David Bercedo working together.

On one such sequence in the 11th minute, Vician received with his back to goal, turned and found a through ball to Bercedo, whose shot went wide of the far post.

In the 30th minute, Bercedo drove into the center of the field from the left wing, slipping a pass to a running Vician. Pitt goalkeeper Cabral Carter rushed out to make a block-kick save on Vician’s ensuing shot.

UNC tried several through balls from deep into Vician, but most were intercepted by the Panthers. 

Early in the second half, Pitt started to cash in on its controlled possession in UNC’s defensive third. Using sophomore defender Noah Hall to dribble at UNC’s left side, Hall delivered two threatening crosses.

One cross met the head of junior midfielder Guilherme Feitosa, whose close-range header bounced off the post. UNC sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Cordes stretched his hand to stop the second cross from meeting Feitosa’s head.

Meanwhile, UNC’s chances dried up, as the Tar Heels became unable to find its forwards in the Panthers’ half of the field.

As the second half wore on, North Carolina came back into the game with a few positive sequences. An attack in the 73rd minute found Vician wide open in the center of the penalty box. But Vician’s powerful strike only found the quick hands of Carter.

Pitt did not go away quietly. A free kick from Feitosa failed to get enough dip and bounced off the crossbar, while a close-range effort from Panthers forward Luis Sahmkow was saved by Cordes. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough to penetrate UNC’s defense.

Before tonight, Pitt averaged the fourth-most goals per game in the ACC — something that the UNC defense was able to effectively prevent.

However, without Huerman the offensive production of the Tar Heels stagnated, culminating in the team failing to get any points on the board and tying for a fourth time this season. 

North Carolina will return to Dorrance Field to host Elon on October 3 at 7 p.m.


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