With its five-game winning streak on the line Friday night in Charlottesville, the seventh-ranked UNC soccer team received an overtime game-winner from Jelani Pieters to defeat the No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers by a score of 2-1.
Pieters sprinted past the Virginia defense in the 95th minute, and blasted a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal for his fifth tally of the young season.
The goal also ended Virginia’s 21-match unbeaten streak at home and gave the Cavaliers (5-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) their first loss in conference play so far this year.
UNC (8-1, 3-0 ACC) fell behind early in the second half when Virginia’s Joe Bell found the back of the net in the 53rd minute, but the Tar Heels responded just five minutes later with a solid strike from Alan Winn–who has now scored in the team’s last four matches.
Both sides then fought to a stalemate until the extra period, when Pieters stepped up in the biggest of moments and helped extend the win streak to six games.
The Tar Heels will travel to Greensboro on Tuesday to face Winthrop. That game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.