BUIES CREEK — No. 1 North Carolina escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory over Campbell Tuesday night on Raby Georges goal in the 97th minute.
North Carolina (3-0-2) out shot the Camels by a 16-8 margin, but it took going to overtime for the fourth time in five games to come away with the win and stay unbeaten in five contests so far in 2013.
The build up for the game winner started with a corner kick from Alex Olofson, which led to a shot from Josh Rice that was pushed aside by Campbell keeper Ethan Hall. However, the ball was still loose in front and George sent a strike that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net.
Both teams had good chances at scoring the first goal midway through the second half. A free kick from George in the 71st minute was ripped just wide from the top of the box.
For the Camels, Jhuvan Francis made a handful of unbelievable moves and unleashed a left-footed boot that UNC keeper Brendan Moore got an arm on to keep the match scoreless in the 72nd minute.
Red cards were shown near the end of regulation to Carolinas Jordan McCrary and Campbells Reafe Anderson for a hard tackle on the Campbell end line.
The Tar Heels nearly went home victorious moments later in the 89th minute when Olofsons corner found the head of Omar Holness, but his header with pace went just wide off the left post.
Moore made three saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season. Hall had six stops on the night as Campbell gave up only one goal for the first time all year.
The first half saw Carolina hold a 5-2 edge in shots, and controlled play for a majority of the half.
The Camels sat back and was content on playing a defensive-minded match, which in turn limited the Heels opportunities in their offensive third of the pitch.
Forwards Tyler Engel and Rice worked well together on a cross and header opportunity in the ninth minute, but Rices attempt sailed just over the cross bar.
Both teams struggled to gain traction on offense. The Camels second shot of the night came in the 39th minute off a shot that sailed high and to the left by Francis.
In the late stages of the first half, Francis shook loose from the Heels defenders and was looking at a 1-v-1 opportunity with Moore, but Francis was called for a hand ball that denied the scoring chance.
Carolina visits Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m., on ESPN3.
Duke 3, Davidson 2: Duke freshman forward Brody Huitema scored with 50 seconds left in the first overtime to lift the Blue Devils to a thrilling win over host Davidson. Huitema scored twice as Duke registered two second-half goals en route to the overtime victory.
Huitemas goals were the first of his collegiate career, while rookie Seo-In Kim finished with a pair of assists in the win. Dukes two second-half goals came in the 68th and 87th minutes to improve to 3-1-2 overall.
After falling behind 2-0 early in the second half, Duke remained composed and mounted a thrilling comeback capped off by Huitemas overtime score. With the game looking like it was headed into double overtime, Kim broke lose down the left wing and got to the endline. He quickly slotted the ball across the face of the goal and Huitema just touched it home for the golden goal.
Duke: Duke received the No. 2 seed in the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off, as announced Tuesday by NIT selection committee chair C.M. Newton. Duke will host its first two tournament matchups in Cameron Indoor Stadium, opening against UNC Asheville on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU followed by a contest against the winner of seventh-seeded East Carolina and Norfolk State on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
With a second-round victory, Duke will move on to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal matchup in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27. Duke will face the advancing team from a group that includes No. 3 seed Alabama, Stillman College, Georgia State and McNeese State.
The NIT Season Tip-Off championship game will take place Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
N.C. Central: The Eagles fell to visiting East Carolina (6-5) in three games (25-22, 25-18, 25-18). The loss drops N.C. Central to 0-13.
Raleigh Sports Club
The next meeting of the Raleigh Sports Club will be Wednesday and Mike Minter, a former Carolina Panthers standout and current head coach at Campbell, will be the guest speaker.
Jason Lockamy, a football player for Apex High School, will be honored as the Student Athlete of the Week.
The RSC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, expects a capacity crowd. Local media representatives are invited and encouraged to get there early.
Meetings are held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline . Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is from Noon until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. See http://www.raleighsportsclub.org for details.
Durham Sports Club
Wednesdays meeting of the Durham Sports Club will feature the presentation of the Hugh Germino Sports Ambassador Award, which was established to honor deserving citizens who have spent an exceptional amount of time promoting, coaching, and working with young people in various sporting activities in the Durham community, without recognition.
The meeting is scheduled for noon at Croasdaile Country Club.