Heels Fall 1-0 To William & Mary

Heels Fall 1-0 To William & Mary
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 1-ranked North Carolina men's soccer team fell 1-0 to William & Mary Tuesday night from Fetzer Field.

William & Mary (4-2-1) scored at the 72:48 mark on a goal from Jackson Eskay that stood up as the game winner for the Tribe, who has now defeated two teams ranked No. 1 in the country this season. Creighton fell from the top spot in the national polls two weeks ago after a double-overtime loss in Norfolk, Va.

The goal came with the Heels only having 10 men on the field. Defender Boyd Okwuonu went to the bench for a cut on his lip, and as he was standing at the table to re-enter at the next stoppage of play, Eskay scored for the Tribe.

Chris Perez started the play with a serve that found Chris Albiston. His header went from one post to the other, allowing Eskay the opportunity to punch the ball just over the goal line.

The goal also snapped a scoreless streak by UNC that reached over 351 minutes dating back to the first half of the match against Maryland on Sept. 13.

The only realistic scoring chance for Carolina from that point on came from freshman Marco Sunol, who made his first collegiate start tonight. His shot from distance was hauled in by Tribe keeper Mac Phillips to preserve his shutout.

The Tar Heels had a handful of quality scoring chances all evening long. Josh Rice's header in the 59th minute forced Phillips to make a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Rice again used his head off a cross from Omar Holness in the 65th minute but the ball drifted wide of the net.

UNC (3-1-3) led 10-8 in shots, and both clubs enjoyed four corner kicks.

The first half shots totaled only seven between the two clubs, but there were plenty of good opportunities for each team.

The visiting Tribe nearly struck for a goal in the fourth minute when Roshan Patel tested UNC keeper Brendan Moore from close range. Moore wound up screened on the shot, but was able to get a glove on the shot to make one of his four saves in the match.

William & Mary had another good look at goal in the 14th minute, but Moore was again up to the task, making a tough save off the foot of Josh West.

UNC midfielder Verneri Valimaa was inserted into the match in the 16th minute, and that decision nearly paid off moments later when he attempted to capitalize on a mistake by the Tribe keeper.

Phillips misplayed a clearing that Valimaa grabbed and ripped a shot from 20 yards that went just right of net with Phillips left defenseless and well off his end line.

Chipper Root, who came in for Tyler Engel in the 35th minute had the Heels second good scoring chance of the half when he rang his long chip attempt off the cross bar at the 40:32 mark.

Carolina will visit Wake Forest on Saturday at 7 p.m., in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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