Nyambi Jabang scored twice to lead No. 8 North Carolina to a 4-0 victory over Georgia State Tuesday night from Fetzer Field.
The match may have started a bit slow with Carolina owning a majority of the possession, but when the offense got going it was difficult to slow down as the Tar Heels scored three times in a 16-minute stretch to take a commanding 3-0 lead into halftime.
Andy Craven, who was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week earlier today, opened the flood gates with his ACC-leading eighth goal of the year in the 27th minute. His shot into the left corner came off a fine passing combination from Alan Winn and Tyler Engel.
Jabang was subbed in for Winn after the Craven goal and that decision by head coach Carlos Somoano changed the complexity of the match. The Douglasville, Ga., native scored perhaps the highlight goal of the season when he deposited a shot from 35 yards into the upper-left corner for a 2-0 Tar Heel advantage in the 33rd minute.
Energized from the long-distance marker, the super sub wasn’t finished as he mustered up two more impressive shots, before capitalizing on a third opportunity that made it 3-0, giving Jabang the first multi-goal game of his Carolina career.
Omar Holness’ corner kick perfectly found the head of Jabang and he powered the ball from 7-yards into the back of the net at the 42:05 mark.
Engel looked to tack on another goal early in the second half when his left-footed boot hit the left post in the 49th minute.
Senior Verneri Valimaa made it 4-0 with a goal at the 88:42 mark by chipping the goalie from 10 yards out. Zach Wright earned the assist on the final goal of the evening.
UNC keeper Brendan Moore notched his third straight and seventh clean sheet of the season.
Carolina outshot Georgia State by an 18-1 margin, and owned a 6-1 corner kick advantage.
The Tar Heels visit NC State Friday at 6 p.m.