No. 2 North Carolina Tops No. 4 Virginia, 1-0
Oct. 1, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior Kirk Urso scored one of the most unlikely goals of the season Friday night in Charlottesville, Va. but it was the difference maker as No. 2 North Carolina took down No. 4 Virginia 1-0. Urso curled in a ball off a short corner to provide the game winner that pushed the Tar Heels past the Cavaliers for the first time in Charlottesville since 1977.
The Tar Heels and Cavaliers battled to a scoreless draw after the opening 45 minutes as each team had their opportunities early on.
The Cavaliers tallied four shots in the opening 12 minutes before the Tar Heel midfielders settled in and started controlling possession and providing scoring opportunities for the attackers.
A Kirk Urso corner found the foot of a pushed forward Jalil Anibaba in the 14th minute but his shot was cleared off the line by a Wahoo defender to prevent the goal.
Neither team was able to mount much of an offensive push through the next 15 minutes until Michael Farfan found the ball at the corner of the box and raced in but All-America Diego Restrepo was up to the challenge and stopped the shot.
Less than five minutes later Carlos McCrary had a chance to put Carolina in front when Josh Rice sent in a low cross that made its way through the box and to the feet of McCrary but the freshman was unable to convert sending the ball well over the goal.
Michael Farfan looked to send in a shot from deep in the 59th minute drawing a Carolina corner as the shot was deflected by a Virginia defender.
Kirk Urso and Farfan went to the flag for the corner kick and Urso tapped the ball to Farfan who stopped and settled it as Urso curled a ball to the near post that snuck its way past a Virginia defender and off Restrepo's gloves for the go-ahead tally.
The goal was Urso's second of the year and second in a crucial spot.
The Cavaliers had a scoring chance thwarted in the 68th minute and were quickly put on the defensive as Josh Rice found a cutting Alex Dixon down the left flank and managed to make his way across the field to find a cross from Dixon but Rice's shot was wide of the goal.
Virginia nearly knotted the score at 1-1 in the 76th minute when it drew back-to-back corners and nearly scored off the second which was flicked on net from eight yards out but senior Michael Farfan was there to head the chance away.
The Cavaliers would look to equalize once again with less than a minute left when they drew a free kick from 30 yards out with a half minute remaining and the clock stopped. Virginia served a ball in that was deflected down the goal line and out of bounds.
A quick corner ensued and the ball was cleared away off the foot of Kirk Urso forcing a throw in. As the clock ran down the Tar Heels were able to garner possession and Enzo Martinez cleared the ball one final time for the win.
The win improved the Tar Heels to 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history and has them three points clear of Wake Forest who sits at 3-0. The victory also marks the first win for Carolina in Charlottesville since the 1977 squad earned a 1-0 win as well.
Up next for Carolina is a visit from Radford on Tuesday before a showdown with Wake Forest on Friday.