By George! OT Thriller Sends No. 1 Heels Over Camels
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - No. 1 North Carolina came away with a 1-0 overtime victory over Campbell Tuesday night on Raby George's goal in the 97th minute.
North Carolina (3-0-2) out shot the Camels by a 16-8 margin, but it took going to overtime for the fourth time in five games to come away with the win and stay unbeaten in five contests so far in 2013.
The build up for the game winner started with a corner kick from Alex Olofson, which led to a shot from Josh Rice that was pushed aside by Campbell keeper Ethan Hall. However, the ball was still loose in front and George sent a strike that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net.
Both teams had good chances at scoring the first goal midway through the second half. A free kick from George in the 71st minute was ripped just wide from the top of the box.
For the Camels, Jhuvan Francis made a handful of unbelievable moves and unleashed a left-footed boot that UNC keeper Brendan Moore got an arm on to keep the match scoreless in the 72nd minute.
Red cards were shown near the end of regulation to Carolina's Jordan McCrary and Campbell's Reafe Anderson for a hard tackle on the Campbell end line.
The Tar Heels nearly went home victorious moments later in the 89th minute when Olofson's corner found the head of Omar Holness, but his header with pace went just wide off the left post.
Moore made three saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season. Hall had six stops on the night as Campbell gave up only one goal for the first time all year.
The first half saw Carolina hold a 5-2 edge in shots, and controlled play for a majority of the half.
The Camels sat back and was content on playing a defensive-minded match, which in turn limited the Heels opportunities in their offensive third of the pitch.
Forwards Tyler Engel and Rice worked well together on a cross and header opportunity in the ninth minute, but Rice's attempt sailed just over the cross bar.
Both teams struggled to gain traction on offense. The Camels' second shot of the night came in the 39th minute off a shot that sailed high and to the left by Francis.
In the late stages of the first half, Francis shook loose from the Heels defenders and was looking at a 1-v-1 opportunity with Moore, but Francis was called for a hand ball that denied the scoring chance.
Carolina visits Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m., on ESPN3.