Men's Soccer Loses at No. 3 North Carolina, 4-0
Nov. 1, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Andy Craven scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead No. 3 North Carolina to a 4-0 win against the Boston College men's soccer team Thursday night at Fetzer Field.
With the loss, the Eagles (8-5-4, 3-2-3 ACC) finished the season in a tie for fourth place in the ACC with Clemson (6-8-4, 3-2-3). The Tigers earn the tiebreaker over the Eagles due to goal differential in ACC matches. BC will travel to Clemson for an ACC quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. The teams played to a scoreless draw in Newton on October 13.
Danny Garcia, Raby George and Alex Olofson accounted for the other three North Carolina goals. Mikey Lopez had an assist.
The Tar Heels held a 6-1 advantage in shots in the first half. Craven got the first shot on goal six minutes after the opening whistle when he received a pass in the middle of the box during a run. His shot was saved by senior Justin Luthy.
Sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez put a header wide of the target three minutes later to account for BC's only first half shot, then UNC got on the board in the 20th minute.
Lopez controlled the ball at the top of the box 25 yards out. He faked a shot, then dished to an unmarked Craven to his left in the box. Craven touched it and then lofted a shot to the far side, which hit the inside of the post and went in to give the Tar Heels the lead.
North Carolina doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half following a BC foul 20 yards out on top of the box. Garcia took the free kick, and beat the wall and the keeper to give UNC a 2-0 lead.
In the 66th minute, a North Carolina foul gave BC a free kick from 30 yards out. Senior Kyle Bekker tried to send a ball into the box, but it was blocked and rolled towards junior Ryan Dunn. Dunn took a chance at goal, but his blast was wide of the net and the diving keeper.
Freshman Jason Abbott got the Eagles' first shot on goal in the 78th minute, but it was saved by Scott Goodwin to keep BC off the board. Olofson and George then put the match out of reach with goals in the 79th and 82nd minutes, respectively.
Craven assisted on both of those goals. Goodwin only had to make one save for UNC (14-2-1, 6-1-1) while Luthy made four for the Eagles.