Men's Soccer Upsets Top-Ranked & Defending NCAA Champion North Carolina 1-0
Back to Men's Soccer
HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept.11,
2012 -- James Madison redshirt senior
Christian McLaughlin (Herndon, Va./Herndon) converted a penalty kick in the closing minutes of the first half to lift
the Dukes to a 1-0 upset of top-ranked and defending NCAA men's soccer champion North Carolina Tuesday evening at University
UNC (4-1-0), which entered the game ranked number one in the NSCAA coaches poll
and number two in the Soccer America poll,
lost for the first time in five games.
JMU evened its record at 2-2-1.
Before a University Park-record crowd of 1,531 the Dukes extended their home unbeaten streak to 14 games (12-0-2), tying the
school record set during the 2003-04 seasons (13-0-1).
McLaughlin converted a penalty kick with
3:12 left in the opening half, sending the ball to the left side of the goal
while senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) dove to the right.
The penalty was assessed when UNC sophomore defender Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) was called for
a shove on a JMU player in the penalty area.
JMU out-shot UNC 9-7, and redshirt junior goalkeeper Colin Newcity (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) made three
saves to get his second shutout of the year.