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Dec. 11, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The North Carolina Tar Heels saw their season come to an end Friday night in Santa Barbara, Calif. in heartbreaking fashion as Louisville's Aaron Horton found the back of the net with only 51 seconds remaining to give the No. 1 Cardinals (20-0-3) the 2-1 NCAA Semifinal win. The Tar Heels fall to 16-4-4 to conclude the year.
Louisville came out the aggressor in the first half challenging the Tar Heel backline on several runs and nearly found the back of the net in the 17th minute when Charlie Campbell collected a ball in the box and fired a shot past Scott Goodwin. Drew McKinney scrambled back to help Goodwin and arrived to the line just in time to clear the ball away.
Campbell would collect the rebound and fire another shot on goal toward the top right corner. Goodwin was in position and was able to deflect the ball away with his left handed punch.
The Tar Heels settled down after the pair of miraculous saves and started to mount an attack against the Cardinals. Michael Farfan sent a shot high in the 21st minute when he made a run down the left side and pulled the ball to his right before firing a shot from the corner of the 18-yard box.
Alex Dixon was the next to attack for the Tar Heels as he sprinted down the right side and made his way around a defender but was short-sided as his shot went wide in the 22nd minute.
Over the final 20 minutes of the half neither team was able to amount much of an attack as a blocked shot off the foot of Enzo Martinez was the only attempt before the halftime break.