CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A goal from Eriq Zavaleta in the 59th minute ended an eight-year College Cup drought for Indiana, giving it a 1-0 win at No. 9-seed North Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
With the win, the Hoosiers improved to 14-5-3 on the season, while UNC ended its year at 16-4-3. For the Tar Heels, the loss snapped a 40-match win streak at Fetzer Field. Carolina had surrendered just six goals all season, and just one on its home turf.
“This group, I couldn’t be more happy for them,” head coach Todd Yeagley said. “I am proud of our players and how they have stayed the course. There is a lot of expectation with this program and these players are playing the best when the pressure is greatest.”
For the lone goal of the game, Patrick Doody sent the ball into the box and the header from Zavaleta was initially saved by UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin. The ball came right back out to Zavaleta, who headed it home on an open net to give IU the 1-0 lead.
It is the 18th goal of the season for Zavaleta.
“We knew that one goal could win this game,” Zavaleta said. “Doody played a great ball in and I got myself in a good spot. [Goodwin] made a good save, but I was right there.”
The Hoosiers had six shots through the first 20 minutes of the second half after none in the first half. Four of those six shots were on frame.
North Carolina took the final eight shots of the match and finished with a 13-6 advantage, but none could get past the Hoosiers as goalkeeper Luis Soffner recorded his 10th shutout of the season.
UNC took the first shot of the game with 27 minutes to play in the first half but Soffner didn’t need to make a move on it as it bounced wide left of the goal. Three minutes later, a snap shot from Rob Lovejoy went right into the chest of Soffner for the first save of the game.
Indiana had a dangerous run when Caleb Konstanski sent a ball into the box, but it was just behind Nikita Kotlov and UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin was there to pick it out of the air.
The teams went into halftime with the Tar Heels leading the shot total 4-0. Soffner had a pair of saves for IU.