North Carolina is own enemy in 13-12 upset loss to Butler 'Own goal' hands Heels 1st defeat to Midwest team

February 23, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina goalkeeper Jarron Harkness inadvertently raked the ball into his own goal as Butler upset the No. 9 Tar Heels, 13-12, at Fetzer Field yesterday. The Tar Heels (0-1) suffered their first loss to a Midwestern school in their 49-year history.

The Bulldogs (1-0) ran out to an 8-1 lead midway through the second quarter when D'Arcy Sweet scored a short-handed goal. But North Carolina, which was 18-0 against Midwestern teams, scored three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 8-4 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

Carolina continued its comeback by outscoring Butler 5-1 in the third quarter. A goal by Justin Bowman with 8: 40 left in the third pulled the Tar Heels within 10-9.

After the Bulldogs opened the fourth with two goals, Carolina scored three goals in 3 1/2 minutes to tie the game at 12 with 7: 11 remaining.

But a freak goal by Harkness with 4: 45 left handed the Tar Heels their sixth straight loss in games decided by one a goal. Butler, which never trailed but was outshot 43-34, was led by Chris Vosburgh's three goals.

North Carolina was coming off its first losing season in 30 years and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years.

Pub Date: 2/23/98

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