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IU downs No. 3 North Carolina for first win of 2018



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Austin Panchot, Trevor Swartz and A.J. Palazzolo celebrate a Hoosier win against Northwestern during the 2016 season. Palazzolo was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Rebecca Mehling Buy Photos

Less than 48 hours after facing heartbreak in the season-opener at No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 2 IU made sure things would go differently on the road again against No. 3 North Carolina Sunday night.

For most of the game, it seemed as if the Tar Heels were the ones in control. UNC had an 11-3 shot advantage and never gave IU much of an opportunity to score. But, in the 87th minute, sophomore defender AJ Palazzolo netted his first career goal with a header off an assist from senior midfielder Trevor Swartz's free kick opportunity.

There was a moment in the game when the Hoosiers held their breath as sophomore goalkeeper Trey Muse seemed shaken up and was out for about 22 minutes, but the defense held on. 

After allowing a pair of goals to the Demon Deacons Friday, the pairing of Muse and junior goalkeeper Sean Caulfield kept the Tar Heels at bay.

IU also played seven players off the bench compared to just three subs for UNC on the evening. The fresh legs seemed to help the defense remain consistent throughout the night.

The Hoosiers will open the home slate this upcoming weekend to take on No. 23 Dartmouth and Connecticut in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

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