Men's Soccer Falls To #12 North Carolina, 2-1
Oct. 12, 2013
NEWTON, Mass. - Freshman Isaac Normesinu scored in the 83rd minute to try and mount a comeback, but No. 12 North Carolina hung on for a 2-1 win over the Boston College men's soccer team on Saturday night at Newton Campus Field.
It was Normesinu's second goal of the season. Freshman Zeiko Lewis assisted on the goal and it was his seventh of the year which leads the ACC.
Boston College had its chances to score and hit a couple of crossbars in the match. North Carolina also missed out on opportunities including a missed penalty kick.
The Tar Heels began the scoring in the 12th minute when Alex Olofson got control of the ball in the BC defensive end. He found some space and dished to Tyler Engel, who slipped a shot past the keeper to put North Carolina ahead.
The Eagles nearly equalized the match with 28:39 on the clock when junior Giuliano Frano threw a ball into the box. The ball got to freshman Amit Shumowitz who put a head on it, but the UNC keeper made the save.
North Carolina added to the lead in the 25th minute after it was rewarded a free kick just outside the box. Raby George fired a shot after a quick tap into play, and sophomore Alex Kapp got his fingertips on it. The ball then hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced to Josh Rice who finished the job to give the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles controlled most of the second half and had three high quality chances to score, but only cashed in on one. Ten minutes after the second 45 began, Lewis created some space for himself by moving from right to left. He fired a shot from 25 yards out but his attempt nailed the crossbar.
With 14:31 left in the match, Lewis and Normesinu used nifty passing to get the ball to junior Diego Medina-Mendez on the left side of the box. He took a shot from short range that was also denied by the crossbar.
In between those two attempts, UNC had a chance to make it a three-goal game, but George blasted a penalty kick high of the mark.
Lewis and Normesinu seemed to pose a threat the entire match and it finally paid off in the 83rd minute. Lewis had a great individual effort on the right side of the pitch and sent a cross into the box. Normesinu was waiting near the goal line for the easy tap in.
Brendan Moore made three saves in goal for North Carolina (4-2-5, 1-1-5 ACC) while Kapp made two.
The Eagles (5-4-2, 3-3-1) are back in action next Friday night when they host Duke.