Senior Jordan Gafa along with the other four seniors will be honored prior to Thursday's match.
Senior Jordan Gafa along with the other four seniors will be honored prior to Thursday's match.
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Heels Close Out Regular Season Thursday
Release: 10/31/2012
#3 North Carolina (13-2-1, 5-1-1 ACC) vs.

Boston College (8-4-4, 3-1-3 ACC)

7 p.m., Fetzer Field

Coverage: ESPN3

Series: North Carolina leads 7-3-1

Series At UNC: Boston College leads 2-1-0

Last Meeting: UNC 3, Boston College 1 • Nov. 13, 2011 

Heels Close Out Regular Season Thursday
North Carolina will wrap up its regular season slate Thursday when it hosts Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference match. 

The Tar Heels will celebrate the careers of five Carolina seniors who will play their final regular season match.

The Tar Heels are coming off a 2-0 win at NC State last Friday as Rob Lovejoy helped lead the Tar Heels to their second win of the week.

For his efforts, Lovejoy was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks since returning from injury.

Carolina has won three straight against the Eagles, including the 3-1 rout in the ACC Championship a year ago. 

Boston College has managed to have success in Chapel Hill since joining the ACC as the Eagles own a 2-1-0 advantage at Fetzer Field. The last meeting in Chapel Hill between these two sides came in 2009 when BC claimed a 2-1 win.

Statistical Matchup

North Carolina         Boston College

16 Games Played 16

26/1.62 Goals Scored/Avg. 16/1.00

4/0.24 Goals Against/Avg. 15/0.87

.134 Shot Percentage .078

93-194 Shots on Goal-Shots 85-205

12.1 Shots Per Game 12.8

22 Assists 20

75 Corner Kicks 80

3-4 Penalties 0-0

21 Yellow Cards 14

1 Red Cards 0

165 Fouls 174

Bouncing Back After A Loss
• Maryland delivered UNC just its second loss of the year and only the fourth in Carlos Somoano’s head coaching career.
• The Tar Heels have been very successful in avoiding losing streaks over the last five years and improved to 9-0-3 after a loss with last Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Campbell.
• Carolina has not suffered back-to-back losses since late in the 2008 season.
• The Tar Heels tend to go on long unbeaten streaks after a loss under Somoano’s watch:

Unbeaten Streaks After Loss Last 2 Years
• 8-0-1 - Sept. 13 - Oct. 14, 2011
- 1-0 loss at Virginia Tech

• 14-0-2 - Oct. 21, 2011 - Sept. 11, 2012
- 1-0 loss at Davidson

• 7-0-1 - Sept. 14 - Oct. 13, 2012
- 1-0 loss at James Madison

• 2-0-0 - Oct. 23 - present
- 1-0 loss at Maryland

Goals Hard To Come By
• Carolina enters Thursday’s match with the lowest goals against average in the country and currently the fourth-lowest in a single season in NCAA history.
• The Tar Heels have surrendered just four goals all season, posting 12 shutouts and a 0.24 goals against average.
• Creighton set the lowest mark in NCAA history a year ago as the Bluejays surrendered five goals for a 0.20 goals against average.
• Carolina has outscored its opponents 13-1 over its last six matches with the lone goal coming in overtime at Maryland.

Home Cooking
• The night of Sept. 8 saw Carolina become just the sixth school in NCAA history to go undefeated in 30 consecutive home contests with a 2-0 win over Virginia Tech.
• The Tar Heels made it 30 straight without a setback with a 0-0 draw against Wake Forest.
• Carolina has not suffered a loss at home since a 3-0 defeat to Akron on Sept. 3, 2010.
• Akron holds the record for home unbeaten streak at 48 games from 2008 to 2011. Tulsa, Indiana, Connecticut and UCLA have also registered home winning streaks of 30 games or more.
• UNC can move into fourth place on the longest consecutive home unbeaten streak with a result against Boston College.

Consecutive Home Games Without A Loss
48 Akron 9/5/08-10/29/11
39 Tulsa 1988-1992
38 Indiana 9/10/82-9/6/85
36 Indiana 9/3/89-9/5/92
36 Carolina 9/5/10-present
35 Connecticut 9/3/80-10/24/82
34 Connecticut 9/1/10-present
30 Indiana 11/5/75-10/29/78
30 UCLA 9/22/96-11/1/98
30 Indiana 10/20/01-10/15/04

Goodwin Cleaning Up
• Carolina has shut the door on 12 shutouts to and in the process senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin became UNC’s all-time leader in career shutouts with his 29th against Virginia (Sept. 14). 
• Goodwin has recorded 36 shutouts in his time between the pipes and is just the 12th goalkeeper in NCAA history to record 35 shutouts in a career.
• After the shutout at NC State, Goodwin moved into a tie for 8th place on the NCAA career list and in the process set a a single-season career best with 12 shutouts.
• With one more shutout, Goodwin will set a new Carolina single season mark for shutouts with 13.
• Goodwin has lowered his career GAA to 0.57 and is now the UNC career leader.
• The 0.57 career goals against average currently ranks tied for the 12th lowest mark in the NCAA history.
• Goodwin has been a part of five different stretches over the last three years that UNC posted at least three straight clean sheets.

300-Minute Shutout Streaks By Goodwin
491:19 - Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2012
436:24 - Sept. 13-30, 2011
408:44 - Sept. 11-28, 2012
390:00 - Dec. 9, 2011-Sept. 2, 2012
313:08 - Oct. 28 - Nov. 13, 2011

ACC Tournament Scenarios
• Carolina has locked up the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament and will face the No. 7 seed in the quarterfinal on Tuesday at Fetzer Field.
• The Tar Heels will face one of three possible oppponents as the 5-7 seeds remain up in the air heading into the final day of action.
• Duke currently holds the fifth seed with 10 points but are on a conference bye Thursday.
• Clemson is in sixth place with 9 points and head to Virginia Tech Thursday, needing a win to leapfrog Duke.
• Virginia is currently in seventh place with 7 points and travels to NC State.
• A pair of wins by Clemson and Virginia will send Duke to Chapel Hill.
• Virginia needs a win to avoid a visit to UNC on Tuesday.

Getting That First One
• Carolina has a tendency to control the pace of play in its matches especially when the Tar Heels are able to take a lead.
• Since Sept. 28, 2010 the Tar Heels have won 37 straight games when scoring the first goal of the match.
• UNC is 41-1 when scoring the game’s first goal the last three years.
• The Tar Heels were 14-1-0 in 2010, 15-0-0 in 2011 and have won 12 matches when scoring first this season.

Lovejoy’s Big Return
• Junior forward Rob Lovejoy made his first appearance of the 2012 season at College of Charleston and made an immediate impact by becoming the first Tar Heel since Alex Dixon in 2009 to record a hat trick.
• Lovejoy scored seven goals and distributed five assists during UNC’s championship run a year ago.
• Lovejoy missed the first 13 games of the season due to offseason surgery and has added a new dimension to the Tar Heel attack.
• For his efforts, the Greensboro, N.C., native was named the ACC Player of the Week, College Soccer News National Player of the Week and earned Top Drawer Soccer honors.
• Lovejoy made it two times in the span of three weeks earning ACC honors as he was responsible for both goals at NC State Friday.
• The junior forward struck early in the second half with a flick header to put UNC up 1-0 before assisting on Danny Garcia’s goal in the final minutes of action.


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