Nov. 2, 2011
NEWTON, Mass. - No. 3 North Carolina used a pair of second half goals to defeat No. 10 Boston College Wednesday night at Newton Campus Field to claim the regular-season ACC title.
It was the first loss for BC at home in an ACC contest since October 3, 2008. The Eagles were 10-0-3 in their last 13 conference matches in Newton.
The two sides played a quiet first 45 minutes with North Carolina holding a 4-2 shot advantage in the first half and only one shot being on goal. Boston College got the first opportunity to score when it got three consecutive corner kicks in the ninth minute. On the second attempt, junior Kyle Bekker sent a ball in that bounced inside the box. Sophomore Ryan Dunn made a diving header attempt, but his shot was deflected wide by a defender.
The Tar Heels' best chance came with 18:44 left in the half when Billy Schuler, UNC's most dangerous threat, received a pass in the middle of the box from his right. He had an open lane to shoot and took it, but junior Justin Luthy made the save without a rebound.
Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez got the Eagles' first and only shot on goal seven minutes into the second half, but it was a blast from 30 yards out that Scott Goodwin scooped up cleanly.
North Carolina got on the board in the 61st minute following a handball call on BC just outside the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Enzo Martinez set up for the free kick and fired on net, but Matt Hedges redirected the shot into the right side netting to give the Tar Heels the 1-0 lead.
The field seemed to open up for the UNC offense following the goal as it was consistently on the attack. The Tar Heels recorded four corner kicks and Luthy had to make another save before they put the game away with their second goal in the 74th minute.
Ben Speas sent in a long pass from midfield to Schuler streaking down the middle of the pitch. Schuler was able to hold off the defender on him while chasing the ball into the box, then flicked a shot past Luthy who had come off his line to take away the angle.
Luthy was credited with three saves in goal while Goodwin made one for North Carolina (14-2-2, 5-1-2 ACC).
Boston College (12-5-0, 4-4-0) will play in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The opponent and site of the match are to be determined, pending the outcome of Thursday night's ACC matches.