Oct. 10, 2006
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Third-ranked North Carolina suffered its first non-conference regular season loss since 2004 Tuesday, as the Tar Heels fell 1-0 on an own goal in the 75th minute at Campbell's Eakes Athletic Complex. The Tar Heels (10-3-2) outshot the Camels (7-5-1) by a 17-4 margin but still saw their season-best six-match unbeaten streak snapped.
Carolina entered Tuesday's match with an 18-0-1 record against non-conference opponents in the regular season since the start of 2005. The Tar Heels last lost a non-league game in the regular season at No. 2 UNC Greensboro Sept. 29, 2004, and had posted 22 straight wins against such opponents prior to last week's 3-3 tie against High Point.
The own goal came on a corner kick by Campbell's Jairo Zambrana's that was redirected into the Tar Heel goal by UNC midfielder Michael Callahan at 74:41.
The Tar Heels nearly pulled ahead in the 49th minute when senior forward Ben Hunter dribbled into the box and shot. Campbell goalkeeper Bryce Kenny deflected the effort, and defender Michael Hutchison cleared the ball from the goal mouth.
Following the own goal, UNC pressed for an equalizer, but put only four of its 12 second half shots on goal. In the 88th minute, Hunter was again stopped from point-blank range by a Kenny foot save.
Hunter took a season-high eight shots on the night, including four on goal, but Kenny finished with nine saves in his first career start to keep UNC off the scoreboard. Tar Heel keeper Justin Hughes made two stops.
Carolina also held a 9-2 edge on corner kicks.
UNC matched the highest-ranked opponent to fall to the Camels since the program joined the Division I ranks in 1977. CU knocked off then third-ranked North Carolina on Sept. 7, 1988, in Buies Creek.
The Tar Heels close out the regular season with key Atlantic Coast Conference matches against Wake Forest, Duke and Boston College. Carolina plays its final home game of the season against the Demon Deacons at 7 p.m. Friday at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels' seven seniors will be honored prior to the game.
Ben Hunter put four shots on goal in Carolina's loss at Campbell Tuesday.