2018 North Carolina Tar Heels men's soccer team

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2018 North Carolina Tar Heels men's soccer
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
NSCAA pollNo. 14
TopDrawerSoccer.comNo. 19
2018 record14–3–1 (6–1–0 ACC)
Head coachCarlos Somoano (7th season)
Assistant coachCristian Neagu (3rd season)
Assistant coachGrant Porter (7th season)
Assistant coachJoe Scachetti (3rd season)
Home stadiumFetzer Field (under constriction), home games to be split between WakeMed Soccer Park, Bryan Park, and Koskinen Stadium
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 ACC men's soccer standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Atlantic
#6 Wake Forest + 7 1 0     18 3 0
#16 Louisville 4 2 2     11 5 3
NC State + 2 4 2     10 7 3
Boston College 2 5 1     4 8 4
Syracuse + 1 4 3     7 7 4
Clemson 2 6 0     7 9 1
Coastal
#14 North Carolina + 6 1 0     14 4 1
#11 Duke + 5 3 0     11 7 2
#8 Notre Dame + 4 3 1     11 7 3
#15 Virginia + 3 2 2     10 4 3
#17 Virginia Tech + 3 4 1     11 7 3
Pittsburgh 2 6 0     8 10 1
As of December 11, 2018; Rankings from United Soccer Coaches
Source:The ACC


The 2018 North Carolina Tar Heels men's soccer team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. It was the 72nd season of the university fielding a program.

The 2018 season saw North Carolina win the inaugural U.S. Soccer Spring Men's College Program.

Fetzer Field was undergoing construction during the 2018 soccer season so the Tar Heels split their home matches between three stadiums:WakeMed Soccer Park, Bryan Park, and Koskinen Stadium.[1]

Background[edit]

The 2017 North Carolina men's soccer team finished the season with a 17–4–1 overall record and a 6–1–1 ACC record. The Tar Heels were seeded second–overall in the 2017 ACC Men's Soccer Tournament. The Tar Heels were upset in the Quarterfinals by the seventh seed Notre Dame. The Tar Heels earned an at-large bid into the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament. As the third-overall seed in the tournament, the Tar Heels defeated, UNC Wilmington, SMU, and Fordham before losing to Indiana in the College Cup.

At the end of the season, one Tar Heels men's soccer player was selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft: Alan Winn.[2]

Player movement[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Drew Murphy 9 MF 6'2" 170 Senior Palos Verdes, CA Graduated
Zach Wright 10 FW 5'11" 165 Senior Smithville, TX Graduated
David October 11 MF 6'0" 161 Senior Cambridge, UK Graduated
Alan Winn 18 FW 5'11" 172 Senior Garland, TX Declared for 2018 MLS SuperDraft; drafted 25th overall by Colorado Rapids

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Name Nat. Hometown Club TDS Rating
Sebastian Chalbaud
MF
 VEN Venezuela Cedar Stars Academy 2/5 stars[3]
Milo Garvanian
MF
 USA Albuquerque, NM Colorado Rapids 3/5 stars[4]
Roman Knox
MF
 USA Shawnee, KS Sporting Kansas City Academy 3/5 stars[5]
Antonio Lopez
MF
 USA Austin, TX Lonestar SC 3/5 stars[6]
Jake Walker
DF
 USA Davie, FL Weston FC 3/5 stars[7]
Jaxson Watermann
FW
 USA Columbia, SC Carolina Rapids 3/5 stars[8]

Squad[edit]

Roster[edit]

Updated August 6, 2018[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK James Pyle
2 United States MF Mauricio Pineda
4 Canada DF Alex Comsia
5 United States DF John Nelson
6 United States DF Matt Constant
7 United States FW Lucas Del Rosario
8 United States MF Jack Skahan
9 United States MF Drew Murphy
10 United States FW Giovanni Montesdeoca
11 United States MF Antonio Lopez
12 United States GK Drew Romig
13 Norway DF Henrik Bredeli
14 Germany FW Nils Bruening
15 United States DF Will Campbell
16 United States MF David Mejia
17 United States MF Jesus Bolivar
18 Wales MF Sam Jones
No. Position Player
19 United States MF Martin Salas
20 United States MF Alex Moztarzadeh
21 United States FW Alex Rose
22 United States MF Dominic Jensen
23 United States DF Jake Walker
25 New Zealand DF Liam Williams
26 United States FW Jelani Pieters
27 United States DF Mark Salas
28 United States MF Raul Aguilera
29 United States MF Jeremy Kelly
30 United States GK Alec Smir
31 Lithuania FW Julius Momkus
32 United States MF Milo Garvanian
33 United States FW Jaxson Watermann
35 England DF Charlie Forecast
38 United States MF Roman Knox
39 England FW Taff Wadda

Team management[edit]

Position Staff
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham
Head Coach Carlos Somoano
Assistant Coach Grant Porter
Assistant Coach Will Clayton
Volunteer Assistant Coach Joe Scachetti

Schedule[edit]

Source:[10]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
August 12*
7:00 PM
No. 3 at No. 18 Coastal Carolina W 4–0  -
(-)
Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field
Conway, SC
August 17*
7:00 PM
No. 3 Stetson W 4–1  -
(-)
WakeMed Soccer Park
Cary, NC
August 19*
7:00 PM
No. 3 Presbyterian W 2–1  -
(-)
Bryan Park
Greensboro, NC
Regular season
August 24*
7:30 PM
No. 3 ETSU W 1–0  1–0–0
(0–0–0)
Bryan Park (367)
Greensboro, NC
August 26*
7:30 PM
No. 3 No. 2 Indiana L 0–1  1–1–0
(0–0–0)
WakeMed Soccer Park (2,864)
Cary, NC
August 31*
7:00 PM
No. 12 at William & Mary W 6–1  2–1–0
(0–0–0)
Albert–Daly Field (661)
Williamsburg, VA
September 3*
7:00 PM
No. 12 Jacksonville W 2–0  3–1–0
(0–0–0)
Koskinen Stadium (239)
Durham, NC
September 8
7:00 PM
No. 5 Pittsburgh W 2–1 2OT 4–1–0
(1–0–0)
Koskinen Stadium (572)
Durham, NC
September 11*
7:00 PM
No. 3 Davidson W 1–0  5–1–0
(1–0–0)
Alumni Soccer Stadium (815)
Davidson, NC
September 18*
7:00 PM
No. 3 at UNCG  Cancelled due to Hurricane Florence  0–0–0
(0–0–0)
UNCG Soccer Stadium
Greensboro, NC
September 21
7:00 PM
No. 3 at No. 8 Notre Dame W 1–0 2OT 6–1–0
(2–0–0)
Alumni Stadium (1,724)
South Bend, IN
September 28
7:00 PM
No. 3 Clemson W 2–0  7–1–0
(3–0–0)
WakeMed Soccer Park (1,876)
Cary, NC
October 2*
7:00 PM
No. 3 No. 12 UNCW W 1–0  8–1–0
(3–0–0)
WakeMed Soccer Park (1,017)
Cary, NC
October 6
7:00 PM
No. 3 No. 19 Virginia Tech W 2–1  9–1–0
(4–0–0)
Koskinen Stadium (2,074)
Durham, NC
October 9*
7:00 PM
No. 1 at Old Dominion T 1–1 2OT 9–1–1
(4–0–0)
Old Dominion Soccer Complex (775)
Norfolk, VA
October 12
7:00 PM
No. 1 at NC State
Rivalry
L 0–1  9–2–1
(4–1–0)
Dail Soccer Field (3,229)
Raleigh, NC
October 16*
7:00 PM
No. 5 Winthrop W 4–0  10–2–1
(4–1–0)
WakeMed Soccer Park (244)
Cary, NC
October 19
7:00 PM
No. 5 at Boston College W 2–0  11–2–1
(5–1–0)
Newton Soccer Complex (572)
Chestnut Hill, MA
October 23
7:00 PM
No. 5 at No. 14 Duke
Rivalry
W 1–0  12–2–1
(6–1–0)
Koskinen Stadium (1,600)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
November 4
1:00 PM
(2) No. 4 (7) No. 22 Virginia Tech
Quarterfinal
W 3–0  13–2–1
WakeMed Soccer Park (507)
Cary, NC
November 7
7:00 PM
(2) No. 4 (3) No. 8 Duke
Semifinal, Rivalry
W 2–1  14–2–1
WakeMed Soccer Park (586)
Cary, NC
November 11
12:00 PM
(2) No. 4 (4) No. 10 Louisville
Final
L 0–1  14–3–1
Sahlen's Stadium (1,402)
Cary, NC
NCAA Tournament
November 18*
6:00 PM
(5) No. 6 James Madison
Second Round
L 1–2  14–4–1
WakeMed Soccer Park (850)
Cary, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from United Soccer Coaches. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award Date Ref.
Alex Comsia MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist August 13, 2018 [11]
Giovanni Montesdeoca ACC Offensive Player of the Week September 24, 2018 [12]
October 1, 2018 [13]
Alex Comsia ACC Defensive Player of the Week October 1, 2018 [13]
Alex Comsia Defensive Player of the Year November 7, 2018 [14]
Nils Bruening All-ACC First Team
Alex Comsia
Mauricio Pineda
James Pyle
John Nelson All-ACC Second Team
Jack Skahan All-ACC Third Team
Nils Bruening All-ACC Tournament Team November 11, 2018 [15]
Alex Comsia
John Nelson
Alex Comsia United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American December 6, 2018 [16]
Mauricio Pineda United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American

2019 MLS Super Draft[edit]

Player Team Round Pick # Position
John Nelson FC Dallas 1 10 DF

Source:[17]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
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Final
United Soccer[18] 3 12 5 3 3 3 3 1 5 5 4 4 6 None Released 14
TopDrawer Soccer [19] 4 4 6 10 10 9 7 8 5 7 6 5 4 5 19 19 19 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carolina Releases 2018 Schedule". goheels.com. University of North Carolina. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 MLS SuperDraft Tracker". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sebastian Chalbaudo". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Milo Garvanian". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Roman Knox". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Antonio Lopez". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jake Walker". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jaxson Watermann". topdrawersoccer.com. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Men's Soccer Roster". goheels.com. University of North Carolina Athletics. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "University of North Carolina 2018 Men's Soccer Schedule" (PDF). goheels.com. University of North Carolina. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists Announced". theacc.com. Atlantic Coast Conference. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "ACC Men's Soccer Players of the Week Announced". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ACC Men's Soccer Players of the Week Announced". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Wake Forest Leads 2018 All-ACC Men's Soccer Honorees". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Louisville Wins 2018 ACC Men's Soccer Championship". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. November 11, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "United Soccer Coaches Announces NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams". unitedsoccercoaches.org. United Soccer Coaches. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Nelson Selected No. 10 Overall By FC Dallas". goheels.com. University of North Carolina Athletics. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "NCAA DI Men's National Rankings". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "College Soccer National Rankings". TopDrawer Soccer. Retrieved May 15, 2018.

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