DAVIDSON, N.C. — Despite dominating possession and out-shooting Davidson 16-3 on the night, No. 2 North Carolina dropped a 1-0 decision to the Wildcats Monday night before a record crowd of 1,941 in Alumni Stadium. The loss snaps a nine-match unbeaten streak for the Tar Heels while Davidson, which just had one win in its last six outings, improved to 6-6-2.
Davidson’s Jake Keator tallied the lone goal in the match when he launched a shot from 25 yards out that found the top right corner of the goal to give Davidson a 1-0 advantage in the 82nd minute. Keator’s shot was just the third of the night for the Wildcats.
The Tar Heels mounted an assault on the Davidson goal following the Wildcats’ tally and nearly came up with the equalizer on several occasions.
Rob Lovejoy almost tied the match up in the 85th minute when the Tar Heels won a free kick in the attacking third. Ben Speas took the free kick and sent it to the top of the box where Matt Hedges flicked it with his head toward the back post. Lovejoy ran in from the right flank, was able to get a foot on the ball, but Davidson goalkeeper Chip Sanders was in position to deflect it away.
A half minute later Billy Schuler was inches away from tying the contest when he received a pass near the right side of the box and worked his way to his left and fired a shot toward the goal. The ball looked destined for the upper 90 but continued to rise just over the bar.
Hedges ran onto a pair of headers in the dying minutes but was unable to put either on frame as the Wildcats held off final attempts from the Tar Heels.
Carolina dominated possession throughout the contest spending the majority of the match in the Davidson side of the field.
Schuler nearly picked up the game’s opening goal in the 13th minute when freshman Mikey Lopez sent in a cross from the left side and Schuler sent a header toward the goal. Sanders punched the ball over the cross bar to keep the match scoreless.
The Tar Heels held a 12-2 advantage in shots in the second half as the offense created several opportunities in the contest but the packed in defense of Davidson kept the Tar Heels from getting quality looks at the target.