CHAPEL HILL — Scott Goodwin remains unbeaten in penalty kick shootouts, and as a result, North Carolina is moving on.
The senior goalkeeper made three saves in the shootout after the teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime, sending the ninth-seeded Tar Heels past UMBC 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship on Sunday at Fetzer Field.
UNC (15-3-3), bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back NCAA titles since Indiana in 2003-04, will host Fairleigh Dickinson in the third round at 5 p.m. Sunday. Fairleigh Dickinson upset eighth-seeded Saint Louis 2-1 in double overtime Sunday.
Goodwin is now 6-0 in penalty kick shootouts. His most recent came in the semifinals of the ACC tournament 10 days ago. The others came in NCAA tournament play the last two years, including one in the College Cup semifinals in 2011.
“I think just like always, I take it one shot at a time,” he said. “If I get a save on one, you can’t go into the next one any differently.
Senior forward Cameron Brown, who made UNC’s first attempt in the shootout, said Goodwin “takes the pressure off” his teammates. He has recorded at least one save in each of his shootouts.
“I’ve been here for all of Scott’s saves and shootouts,” Brown said. “You know the other team is going to miss at least one going off what Scott has done.”
“I don’t know, that might be a first,” admitted Goodwin, who had two regulation saves while recording his 15th shutout of the season. He also stopped a team that had won its last two shootouts against New Hampshire in the America East tournament final and Old Dominion in the NCAA first round.
Goodwin opened the shootout by smothering Milo Kapor’s attempt. Brown, Martin Murphy and Alex Walters made theirs in succession before David Walden missed for UNC.
Mamadou Kansaye and Liam Paddock converted UMBC’s second and third attempts, but Goodwin saved on Kadeem Dacres and Dave Vaeth to close it out.