28-10-2022 | 7 p.m.
ACC NETWORK EXTRA
Oct 28 (Fri) / 7pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. The University of North Carolina men’s soccer team scored quickly and didn’t look back in the no-conference final, taking a 3-0 win over William & Mary at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Virginia on Tuesday night, chasing goals from three different players .
After the win, the Tar Heels improve to 7-4-4 (2-2-3) on the year, while the stock drops to 4-6-6 (2-3-3). UNC’s three goals were the most in one game since beating Notre Dame 3-1 nearly a year ago to the day of October 29, 2021.
Carolina controlled the pace of the game from the first whistle and jumped to an early lead in the fourth minute for the fastest start of the season. Keeping a defender at bay, Cameron Fisher’s pass found Tim Schels sending a cross through traffic to Sam Williams on the left. Williams then tapped it into the bottom left corner for the second goal of his freshman campaign.
The Tar Heels then doubled their lead five minutes later after Ernest Bawa scored his second goal of the season. A pass from Schels slipped between a pair of tribal defenders to make contact with Bawa whose attack from 35 yards landed in the top left corner.
Yaya Bakayoko and Key White made contact just four minutes after being sublimated into the match to extend the Tar Heels’ lead to 3-0, which would ultimately be the final score. White sent a cross into the penalty area where Bakayoko volleyed into the bottom right corner in the 37th minute for the first goal of his career.
Marco Saborio-Perez was brilliant between the posts and earned the second shutout of his career. He made three saves during the game, the highlight being a stop in the 66th minute.
UNC had a 9-6 lead in shots after 90 minutes of play, including five on target with Fisher leading with two. Although the Tribe pushed to close their deficit, the Tar Heels’ backline remained strong as the team suffered its sixth shutout of the year.
Carolina returns home for the first time in nearly three weeks, hosting Virginia Friday night for a major Atlantic Coast Conference clash at Dorrance Field. Kick-off for the regular season finale is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, with Senior Day celebrations being held prior to the start of the game.
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