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Men’s Soccer Moves on to NCAAT Second Round

The North Carolina men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships with a 6-0 win over James Madison on Thursday night at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels, who move to 13-5-1 on the season, were led by Senior forward Andy Craven who had three goals and an assist in the win.  The Hat Trick, Craven’s second of the season, gives the 1st Team All-ACC selection 14 goals on the season, just one behind the national lead.

With the loss James Madison sees their season end with a record of 10-8-4.

It took nearly the entire first half for the Tar Heels to break through but when Craven did so in the 42nd minute the goals began to flow.

After taking a 1-0 lead into intermission the Tar Heels needed only 89 seconds to double their lead in the second half as Senior forward Rob Lovejoy was able to bang in a rebound from a Craven shot.

From there the Tar Heels poured it on as they outshot James Madison 24-2 for the game.

Carolina next plays in the second round against 10th seeded Charlotte on Sunday at 2p.m.


Tar Heel Sports Weekend A Mixed Bag

With the UNC football team enjoying a bye week this past weekend, other fall sports teams took center stage and experienced different results.

UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams says his team’s hard work in practice paid off last Friday night against Belmont Abbey.

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“Well we’re much more gifted naturally than that team was and we’ve been working pretty doggone hard in practice.  We’ve been getting after them a little bit and I thought in the first couple minutes we weren’t really in to it defensively and then we were really good defensively,” Coach Williams says.

Although Coach Williams was pleased with his team’s 112-34 win, he did see some room for improvement.

“We look like a Model-T Ford out there compared to how I want them to run.  That’s the reason I took those guys out, we had Nate (Britt) and Joel (James) out there and they looked like pedestrians that’s one of the reasons I jumped on them out there.  We need to run harder, we need to get out big guys running more.  It’s no where near where I want it to be but I think we’re going to get there,” Coach Williams says.

Sophomore forward Isaiah Hicks says the Tar Heels keep the atmosphere light in the locker room.

“(The team) is always together in the locker room playing games like ping-pong.  And then you have Joel (James) and Kennedy (Meeks) who are big goof-balls who keep the team laughing and together,” Hicks says.

Ping-pong is one of the team’s favorite ways to stay loose in the locker room but even in ping-pong the Tar Heels keep it competitive

“Marcus…J.P….we have tiers so tier one would be Marcus (Paige), J.P. (Tokoto) and Hoots (Coach Eric Hoots), that’s it,” Hicks says.

UNC volleyball head coach Joe Sagula was once again impressed by his team’s effort following a 3-0 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday.

“We got a lot of weapons and were able to use them all tonight,” Coach Sagula says.

UNC sophomore tennis player Brayden Schnur captured the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships Sunday with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Vanderbilt’s Gonzales Austin.

But not all Tar Heel athletes tasted success over the weekend.

The UNC women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to Virginia in the ACC Tournament semi-finals Friday night

The men’s soccer team lasted only two days longer as they fell 1-0 to Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.  Following the loss, senior forward Andy Craven says he realizes the regular season is over and that there are things to address before NCAA tournament play begins,

“If anything it was a good indication of where we need to be and what we need to work towards and to know that we haven’t arrived and we haven’t peaked yet.  As many goals we’ve scored it doesn’t matter, it’s playoffs now.  It’s important to maintain the good stuff we’ve done in the season and minimize the bad stuff,” Craven says.

Although not every Tar Heel was victorious over the weekend, the ultimate prize of a national championship is still within reach.


Weekend Game Preview

Carolina sports are in full swing this weekend with a host of games here in Chapel Hill for Tar Heel fans to enjoy.

Volleyball hosts Miami in Carmichael Arena at 6 p.m. The Tar Heels are 11-14 all-time against the Hurricanes – who are one of the ACC’s top performers with a conference record of 7-2.

Fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes as they cheer Carolina on to victory. There will be a trick-or-treat costume competition with the volleyball team after the match.

Men’s soccer will be taking Fetzer Field in a match against the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday at 7 p.m. This is the last regular-season match for the Heels before the ACC championships begin Wednesday, November 5.

Carolina is now ranked at No. 3 after a 6-2 victory over Georgia Southern Tuesday. Andy Craven tallied a hat trick in the match, naming the senior as the leading scorer in the ACC with 11 goals.

Women’s soccer travels to New York Sunday to face Syracuse at 1 p.m. This also marks the last regular-season match before the team makes its first appearance in the conference championships on Friday. North Carolina is ranked second in the ACC behind the Florida State Seminoles, who they share an identical 8-0-1 record with in the conference.

UNC has not lost a match since August 31st.


UNC Men’s Soccer Downs Georgia State, 4-0

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.


UNC to Host VA Tech for Alumni Weekend

Carolina men’s soccer will host Virginia Tech Friday at 7 p.m.; the match includes a special tribute to Tar Heel alums during halftime for Alumni Weekend.

Former players will also be available after the game for pictures and autographs with the team.

UNC has won its last three meetings with the Virginia Tech at Fetzer Field, including a 2-0 victory in the last match in Chapel Hill in 2012. Both the Heels and the Hokies post a 7-4 overall record with two wins and losses in the ACC, tying them at six points in the conference’s Coastal Division standings.

You can watch Friday’s match live on ESPN3.


UNC Soccer Stocks Increasing

The UNC men’s and women’s soccer teams saw improvements in recent polls, although the women haven’t seen the pitch competitively in ten days.


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The NSCAA coaches agreed with College Soccer News propelling the Tar Heel men to the No. 1 spot. Carolina received seven first-place votes and edged out UCLA for the top spot by just eight points. The Bruins and No. 3 Creighton Bluejays also received seven first-place votes each. The last first-place vote went to Notre Dame, which sits at No. 5.


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The UNC women inched from No. 10 to No. 9 this week. The team’s last contest resulted in a win against Arkansas, 2-1 in the Duke Nike Classic on September 7. UNC still has three more days off until ACC play begins against Notre Dame Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.

UCLA, which Carolina tied with on August 29 in the Carolina Nike Classic, holds the No. 1 spot with 24 of the 25 first-place votes. Virginia Tech ranks No. 2, according to the poll, and received one top vote. The Tar Heels and Hokies meet October 3 in Chapel Hill.


No. 1 UNC Men’s Soccer Downs William & Mary, 2-0

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The No. 1 UNC men’s soccer team took care of business with a 2-0 road win at William & Mary Tuesday night.

North Carolina (5-1-0) wasted no time jumping out in front by scoring on its first shot of the match to take a 1-0 lead on Tyler Engel’s second goal of the year.

Omar Holness began the scoring play with a corner kick, Andy Craven gently nudged the ball towards Engel and he deposited the ball past the Tribe keeper.

William & Mary (2-4-0) had four shots in the opening half, and its best chances came midway through the stanza. A giveaway by the Tar Heel defense allowed Jackson Eskay the opportunity to make a play, but his shot from distance rolled harmlessly into the hands of UNC keeper Brendan Moore.

Carolina’s leading scorer Andy Craven added to his season total with his fourth goal at the 29:48 mark. Rob Lovejoy sent a pass from the right flank to Craven. He held off his defender, then turned and fired a shot into the lower left corner for a 2-0 Tar Heel advantage.

Moore made three saves on the night for his fourth consecutive clean sheet. The Tar Heels have not allowed a goal the entire month of September, or the last 419:12 of game action.

UNC led 19-7 in shots and 7-3 in corner kicks against the Tribe.

Carolina jumps back into ACC play at Duke on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and you can watch it on ESPN3.

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UNC Men’s Soccer Takes Over No. 1 In CSN Poll

The UNC men’s soccer team surpassed the only team it has fallen to this season and now sits in the top spot in the nation, according to a recent poll.

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College Soccer News ranked North Carolina No. 1 in the nation Monday after its 3-0 ACC win against Pittsburgh on Friday in Chapel Hill.

That win propelled the Tar Heels past the former No. 1, UCLA Bruins, who the Heels lost to, 1-0 in the Carolina Nike Classic on August 31.

The Bruins’ recent scoring woes helped contribute to the shift: UCLA is coming off a pair of 0-0 ties to Santa Clara and Cal Poly over the weekend.

Notre Dame held the No. 2 spot before Monday’s poll but fell to No. 4 after a 1-0 loss to Kentucky last Monday. Washington sits in the No. 3 spot, moving up two; Virginia rounds out the top five falling one spot.

The Tar Heels are back on the road and out of conference play Tuesday against William and Mary. That game can be seen on NSCAATV with the kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


UNC kicks off ACC play against Pitt Friday

The No. 3 Tar Heels are kicking off ACC play with a home match against Pitt Friday at 7p.m., which will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Carolina won its match against the Panthers last season in their first year of the ACC conference. Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute to give the Heels a 1-0 victory in Pittsburgh.

This week has surely been an exciting one for the club, as senior forward Andy Craven was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week Monday and sophomore midfielder Omar Holness played in his debut game for the Jamaican Men’s National Team in a 3-1 loss to Canada Tuesday.

Friday’s match is Kids Club Day at Fetzer as well as “Family Friday”, which features a special for four tickets for only $10. The Tar Heels will be available to sign autographs on the track after the match.

UNC will play its next four games on the road, beginning with a match against William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. You can watch the Heels from home on NSCAATV.


Seniors Lead UNC Men’s Soccer To 3-1 Win Over Cal

Goals from senior forwards Tyler Engel, Andy Craven and Rob Lovejoy gave No. 6 North Carolina a 3-1 victory over No. 7 California in the 2014 season opener for both clubs Friday night from Fetzer Field.
Carolina (1-0) controlled play at the onset of the game and that ultimately paid dividends when Engel finished from 15 yards in the 19th minute off a feed from Craven.

Minutes later Cal was on the cusp of an equalizer but senior All-America defender Boyd Okwuonu cleared away a ball on the goal line that was going to tie the match in the 21st minute.

Tar Heel defender Jonathan Campbell nearly made it 2-0 with a header off a corner kick, but the Bears defense stood tall to keep the ball from crossing the line.

Just three minutes later, Craven beats the Cal keeper for that two-goal advantage in the 33rd minute. Lovejoy earned the assist as he placed a nice through ball to the foot of Craven.

Cal (0-1) cut its defect in half with a goal from reserve Christian Thierjung in the 36th minute. That was the final tally of the opening half with Carolina taking a 2-1 lead into intermission.

UNC All-ACC keeper Brendan Moore made three brilliant saves in the first 18 minutes of the second half to keep his club on top. He pushed aside a header in the 46th minute, stopped a point-blank shot from Connor Hallisey in the 53th minute and later did the same to Stefano Bonomo in the 63rd minute.

The Tar Heels regained its composure over the final 20 minutes. Lovejoy iced the match with a blue-collar goal in the 83th minute to cap the scoring, 3-1, in favor of Carolina.

Moore was forced to come up with eight saves on the evening, while Cal’s Kevin Peach had four saves over 90 minutes.

Carolina held a 17-13 shot advantage over the Golden Bears, while Cal had seven corners to the Tar Heels five.

UNC hosts No. 1 UCLA on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Bruins earned a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest this evening.

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