Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 To UNCW
A goal in the 36th minute by UNCW's Jordan Cordero was the difference in the match, despite Carolina controlling possession throughout the game and holding a 16-4 advantage in shots.
Trailing 1-0 heading to the second half, Carolina controlled the pace of play the entire 45 minutes. UNCW only had one shot in the half.
Jordan McCrary was vital in the first good scoring chance after intermission in the 61st minute when he found Tyler Engel, who immediately slipped a pass to Verneri Valimaa who made a bee-line to the goal but fired high over the cross bar from close range.
Josh Rice wiggled free from the Seahawk defense and sent a point-blank blast from in close directly to the chest of keeper Sean Melvin in the 67th minute
The UNCW defense was under siege the final 30 minutes of the match as Carolina worked hard to find the equalizer. Reserve Chipper Root was a late sub and that nearly paid off when his shot from 19 yards went just over the upper-right corner of the wood work in the 77th minute.
Freshman defender Colton Storm fired a strike from 14-yards out that hit the side of the net from the left wing in the 79th minute.
The Tar Heels' offensive pressure continued all the way into the 90th minute, but could not beat keeper Sean Melvin, who made four saves for his second shutout of the season.
Carolina controlled a majority of the play throughout the first half, and had a good look at goal in the third minute when Engel touched a ball just over the bar from 15-yards out.
Midway into the first stanza, McCrary used his fancy footwork to free himself just enough to send a cross that Valimaa headed on frame, but Melvin was there to make the stop with a diving save.
Moments later with the Seahawks building momentum, a set piece led to the first goal of the match at the 35:35 mark by Cordero.
The Columbian's goal sent UNCW into halftime with a 1-0 lead over the Tar Heels, despite the home team leading 8-3 in shots over the opening 45 minutes.
North Carolina will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m., on ESPN3.