UNC Falls 1-0 To Indiana
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 16 seed Indiana pulled off its second consecutive upset to move on to the College Cup Friday night when the Hoosiers downed No. 9 seed UNC, 1-0, at Fetzer Field. The Hoosiers beat No. 1 seed Notre Dam to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta claimed the game winner in the 60th minute when he headed his own rebound past goalkeeper Scott Goodwin.
Indiana's Patrick Doody sent a ball into the box where freshman defender Jonathan Campbell was battling Zavaleta for position. Goodwin charged toward the cross before putting on the brakes and retreating to the net.
Zavaleta connected on a header and Goodwin was in position to get a hand on the ball to keep it out of the net. The rebound went directly to Zavaleta who headed the ball past Goodwin and into the back of the net.
The goal would be all the Hoosiers would need on the night, despite the Tar Heels putting pressure on the IU backline most of the second half.
Carolina dominated the first half of play and nearly struck on a pair of opportunities for junior forward Rob Lovejoy.
Lovejoy took a pair of shots from inside the box on the right side of the field but both times Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner was in position to make the save.
The Tar Heel defense held Indiana without a shot in the first half but the Hoosiers made up for it early in the second half with a flurry less than 10 minutes into the second session.
In the 55th minute, Zavaleta had a shot blocked by Campbell to force a corner kick before Nikita Kotlov put a flick on target. Kotlov's effort was heading far post but sophomore midfielder Mikey Lopez was in position to clear it off the line.
The Tar Heels were not as fortunate five minutes later when Zavaleta struck for his 18th goal of the season.
Goodwin stopped the next attempt by the Hoosiers immediately after the opening tally. A.J. Corrado found the ball at his feet at the top of the 18-yard box and fired one on frame but Goodwin was there to make the stop.
Carolina settled down after allowing its seventh goal of the season and built possession in search of the equalizing goal.
Down to the final 15 minutes of the contest the Tar Heels pushed forward and sent nearly every one into the attacking third.
Jonathan Campbell forced Soffner into a save in the 78th minute when Danny Garcia whipped a cross to the far post. Campbell was unable to get enough on the header and the IU goalkeeper made the save.
The Tar Heels continued to put pressure on the IU backline but were unable to put any of their final seven shots on frame despite narrow misses from Rob Lovejoy and Josh Rice.
The setback is the first for the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field since Sept. 3, 2010, a string of 40 matches, snapping the second-longest streak in NCAA history.
Carolina finishes the season 16-4-3 on the year and fall short of the College Cup for the first time since the 2007 season.
The 2012 senior class finishes their careers with 69 wins in four years, three College Cup appearances and the 2011 national championship.