CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Clemson men’s soccer team suffered its fifth loss of the season Friday night at the hands of No. 9 North Carolina. The Tigers fell to the Tar Heels 3-2 in double overtime in Chapel Hill. Clemson is now 1-2-0 in overtime matches, and falls to 5-5-0 overall and 2-2-0 in conference play on the season.
North Carolina’s Raby George scored on a penalty kick in the 102nd minute to secure the win for the Tar Heels. A Tar Heel was taken down in the box by a Clemson defender to prompt the penalty kick.
The scoring started early for the Tigers. Freshman Diego Campos netted his first score of the season in the 22nd minute. Senior Ara Amirkhanian assisted on the goal. Sophomore Austen Burnikel followed that up with his first score of the season in the 35th minute. The Greer, S.C. native capitalized off a North Carolina defensive miscue and buried the unassisted goal. North Carolina’s Zach Wright scored just before halftime to narrow the Tar Heel deficit to one goal.
The Tar Heels outshot the Tigers 19-5 in the contest, and took 13 corner kicks to Clemson’s four. Clemson sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell played all 102 minutes in the match and saved eight shots.
Clemson returns home next Tuesday night to face No. 10 Charlotte. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field.
Clemson 2, #9 North Carolina 3 (2OT)
Clemson – Campos (from Amirkhanian) 21:47Clemson – Burnikel (unassisted) 34:35North Carolina – Wright (from Hume) 41:29North Carolina – Hume (unassisted) 77:46North Carolina – George (penalty kick) 101:16
Saves – Tarbell (CU) 8, Moore (UNC) 0Shots – Clemson 5, North Carolina 19Corner Kicks – Clemson 4, North Carolina 13
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