CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team (2-5-1, 0-3-0 ACC) fell 2-0 to North Carolina (5-2-1, 1-2-0 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.
78’ – UNC: Santiago Herrera (PK)
84’ – Alex Rose
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It was a tight battle in the first half, with UVA taking four shots and UNC’s six.
- Freshman Paul Wiese played a ball across to sophomore Leo Afonso, who got a head on it, but the shot went wide for UVA’s first shot of the day.
- After a corner kick, senior Daniel Wright collected the loose ball to rip a shot off, but UNC’s goalkeeper came up with the save.
- Afonso dribbled the ball into the left side of the box and tipped it back off his defender to find space for a shot.
- UVA had a corner kick opportunity in the 52nd minute of the second half. Wiese sent the ball in as senior Oliver Gerbig took a header that went just right of the net.
- A fluke handball in the box by UVA gave UNC a penalty kick in the 78th minute that Santiago Herrera put just out of the reach of goalkeeper Holden Brown.
- UNC added a goal in the 84th minute from Alex Rose.
- Leo Afonso led UVA with three shots on the afternoon.
- UNC had a 15-7 advantage in shots. Both teams finished with three saves.
- Virginia had one corner kick to 10 for the Tar Heels.
- Will Citron, Paul Wiese, Oliver Gerbig, Leo Afonso, Andreas Ueland, Asparuh Slavov and Holden Brown played all 90 minutes for the Cavaliers.
FROM HEAD COACH GEORGE GELNOVATCH
“We have to stay resilient. When you are in the stretch, we are in right now you have to make sure you don’t let doubt creep in. We were in the game for 78 minutes before that really strange handball that turned this game on its head. I thought we were doing great. We were battling and competing in the game, but I can say that for the past four or five games. We just have to get through it.”
Virginia hosts VCU on Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ACCNX.