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By Kip Coons | News & Observer
With his top seven goal scorers from a year ago unavailable this season, North Carolina men’s soccer coach Carlos Somoano had questions about where he would find his offense.
Junior forward Tyler Engel provided some answers during the weekend. A transfer from Southern Methodist, he scored his second game-winning goal, leading the Tar Heels to a 4-0 rout of Coastal Carolina on Monday at Fetzer Field.
By Andrew Carter | Charlotte Observer
Larry Fedora studied the missed opportunities, the blown coverages that led to long scoring plays and all the disappointment from North Carolina’s season-opening defeat at South Carolina, and amid it all he found hope. It could have been worse, he said on Monday.
In the moments after the Tar Heels’ 27-10 defeat against the Gamecocks last Thursday, Fedora, UNC’s second-year coach, said his program still had a “long way” to go before becoming what he envisions it will be. On the macro scale, that remains true.
A few days of reflection and a closer study of the footage gave North Carolina’s offensive players and its coach a more encouraging outlook after a stagnant performance in the season opener.
“We just didn’t make enough plays,” quarterback Bryn Renner said Monday. “Whenever you lose, you think you can do a lot more. … We ran (almost) 80 plays, we just didn’t put the ball in the end zone (enough).”
The Tar Heels bemoaned offensive shortcomings in the aftermath of Thursday’s 27-10 setback at South Carolina.