Heels Drop OT Decision To Clemson
Clemson (8-2-1, 3-2-1 ACC) scored just 1:38 into overtime on a finish from the left side by Ara Amirkhanian. He scored off a cross by teammate Austen Burnikel for his sixth goal of the season.
North Carolina (3-2-5, 0-1-5 ACC) came up on the wrong end of an overtime decision for the first time this season and just the fourth time in the last six years.
Carolina keeper Brendan Moore was solid once again in net, coming up with seven saves. Clemson's Andrew Tarbell had two saves on the evening.
Clemson took an early lead when a Tar Heel defender was whistled for a hand ball inside the box just 64 seconds into the match.
Moore made the initial save on the penalty kick from Thomas McNamara, but the ball went directly back to the shooter and he wasted no time in firing into a wide-open goal from point-blank range.
McNamara was credited with his sixth goal of the season at the 1:04 mark and Clemson would maintain that 1-0 advantage into halftime.
Clemson nearly doubled its advantage in the 61st minute when Happi put a strong shot through a handful of bodies that made it all the way to Moore, but he was equal to the task in making the save.
Carolina had a nice look in the 63rd minute when Josh Rice collected a pass and fired a low blister that was stopped by Tarbell.
The shot opportunities may have been few-and-far between for the Tar Heels, but in the 68th minute the equalizer came from midfielder Verneri Valimaa.
The build up came from a series of short, quick passes by Omar Holness and Josh Rice that led to Valimaa squeezing off a shot that found the lower-left corner of the net at 67:37.
Jordan McCrary nearly sent the UNC faithful home happy at the end of regulation when he first timed a cross towards a wide open net, however, the shot went high and the game clock would expire to send the match into overtime.
North Carolina hits the road to take on Boston College on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels return home to host Syracuse on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m., on the Regional Sports Network.