No. 1 North Carolina opened the 2012 season in impressive fashion Saturday as the Heels downed Gardner-Webb, 4-0, at Fetzer Field.
On a night that the Tar Heels paid tribute to the legendary Kirk Urso with his No. 3 painted on the field and on their jerseys, it was only fitting that Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the third minute.
Craven made a move to his left before dragging the ball to his right and ripped a shot from 22 yards out that sailed past the Gardner-Webb goalkeeper.
The Tar Heels would manage four more shots in the first half but were unable to add to their lead.
The second half was a different story as the Tar Heels would pile on three more goals to provide the 4-0 final.
Garcia made a run after receiving the ball at midfield and attacked the Gardner-Webb defense.
Gafa sprinted in from Garcia's right and received a pass as he entered the box without a defender in sight. Gafa sent a shot past goalkeeper Scott Krotee and into the left corner of the goal to put UNC up 2-0 in the 67th minute.
Less than five minutes later the Tar Heels would strike again on another Garcia assist.
Craven found Garcia in the middle of the attacking third who avoided a defender and slid a pass to Chipper Root on the left side of the box. Root dribbled to his right before quickly depositing the ball into the back of the net for his first goal as a Tar Heel.
It looked like the night would end with another 'three' on the board but Root earned the Tar Heels a penalty kick in the 89th minute when he was tackled from behind in the box.
Sophomore David Walden took the penalty for the Tar Heels and converted with ease as he powered it home to give Carolina the 4-0 edge and notch his first career goal.
Carolina dominated possession throughout the contest and outshot the Runnin' Bulldogs by a 17-1 margin.
Senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin was never tested on the evening but still claimed his 25th career shutout.
The Tar Heels will return to action Friday, Aug. 31 when they host West Virginia at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.