Tar Heels Hold Off Clemson
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman midfielder Scott Campbell banged home a rebound goal in the 62nd minute, and senior goalkeeper Ford Williams logged his fifth shutout in seven tries Friday, Sept. 23, as No. 2 North Carolina (6-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) edged No. 17 Clemson (4-2-1, 0-2-0 ACC) 1-0 in men's soccer action at Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels, who have outscored their opponents 12-3 this season, are unbeaten after seven matches for the first time since 1991, when they also opened 6-0-1. Carolina's last two victories have come against nationally-ranked opponents, and the Tar Heels are 3-0 versus top-25 teams this season.
After neither team mustered much offense in the opening half, the Tar Heels pressured the Tigers often in the second frame before Campbell scored the game's lone goal. Following a Clemson foul of UNC forward Corey Ashe, midfielder Dax McCarty fired a 25-yard free kick off the left-hand post, and Campbell one-timed the rebound into the net for his third goal of the season and the one-goal Carolina advantage. McCarty's assist was his third of the season, good for a share of the team lead.
Clemson's best chance for the equalizer came in the 85th minute when Bryson Moore blasted a shot off the post that the Tar Heels were able to clear. The Tigers and Tar Heels each had 13 shots on the night, with six on goal for both teams. Carolina held a 9-2 edge on corners.
Williams made a season-best six saves for the second straight outing and he picked up his fifth shutout for the fourth straight season, giving the Raleigh native 20 in his Carolina career. Williams and the Tar Heels now sport a 0.42 goal against average.
Clemson keeper Phil Marfuggi went the distance in goal and made five stops. The Tigers also made a team save in the first half to prevent an early Carolina goal.
The Tar Heels return to action Tuesday, Sept. 27 against No. 22 UNC Greensboro at Fetzer Field at 7 p.m.
-- Courtesy UNC