CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Two first-half goals sent No. 6 North Carolina to a 2-1 victory at Boston College Saturday night from Newton Campus Field.
The match was back-and-forth right from the first whistle. Both teams traded two shots in the opening couple minutes. The only difference was the second opportunity from Carolina resulted in the first goal of the match by Tyler Engel.
North Carolina (4-2-5, 1-1-5 ACC) midfielder Alex Olofson found Engel near the top of the box and he struck for his team-leading fourth goal of the season from 15 yards at the 11:23 mark.
Engel continued his activity in the first half with a header in the 23rd minute, but it was saved by Boston College keeper Alex Kapp.
After a foul by the Eagles, senior Josh Rice struck for his second goal of the year at the 24:08 mark for a 2-0 Carolina advantage. A free kick setup a tap in by Rice as Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler and Raby George earned assists on the goal.
In the final minutes of the opening half, both teams had shots on frame but each clubs goalie was up to the task as intermission saw the visiting Heels lead 2-0 at the break.
BC (5-4-2, 3-3-1 ACC) nearly got one back in the 54th minute when Zeiko Lewis hit the crossbar.
Later in the second half, the Eagles were called for a foul that led to a penalty kick opportunity for Carolina in the 71st minute. Raby George stepped in to take the shot but missed wide to keep the two-goal advantage for the visitors.
The result of the missed PK loomed large in the late stages of regulation when Isaac Normesinu scored for BC in the 83rd minute to cut the lead in half at 2-1 in favor of the Tar Heels.
However, Carolina hung tough and held on for the victory as the Eagles were unable to muster another shot the rest of the match.
Carolina keeper Brendan Moore made three saves to earn the victory, while Kapp made two saves in a loss for Boston College.
North Carolina will host Syracuse Friday at 6:30 p.m., on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3.