Tar Heels Post Second Straight Tie Against Bradley

Loyd scores on one of UNC's season-best 21 shots.

Sept. 7, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - North Carolina peppered Bradley with a season-high 21 shots and got an early goal from sophomore Zach Loyd but had to settle for its second straight 1-1 tie Friday in the Wake Forest adidas Classic at Spry Stadium.

Despite only losing one match on the young season, the Tar Heels (0-1-2) are winless in their first three games for the first time since going 0-3-0 to open the 1954 campaign.

Carolina controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Braves (2-0-1) by a 9-1 margin, and taking a 1-0 lead on Loyd's goal in the 19th minute. Junior midfielder Scott Campbell assisted on the 15-yard strike, which was Loyd's third career score and first this season.

Midway through the second period, Bradley found the equalizer in the 72nd minute on a Chris Cutshaw goal off an assist by Drew DeGurian. Cutshaw finished off a scramble in front of the net off a throw in.

After the game-tying strike, the teams each traded four shots over the remaining 18 minutes of regulation, but UNC pressured the Braves with a 4-1 shot advantage in overtime. The Tar Heels finished with a 21-8 edge on the shot chart and posted a 6-1 advantage in corners.

Freshman keeper Tyler Deric made his third start in as many games for the Tar Heels and made three saves and allowed one goal. He now owns a 0.87 goals against average on the season. Bradley goalkeeper Mike Haynes made nine stops and allowed one goal.

Carolina is back in action at noon Sunday against No. 18 Akron in Winston-Salem.


Zach Loyd scored the Tar Heels' lone goal versus Bradley Friday.