No. 1 North Carolina used goals from Andy Craven and Martin Murphy to claim a 2-1 win over Boston University Sunday night at Fetzer Field.
Junior Andy Craven put the Tar Heels in front less than 20 minutes into the contest when he put away his second goal of the season. Sophomore Verneri Valimaa sent a searching ball over the defense to Craven on the left flank. Craven settled the ball and found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Craven chipped the ball over the charging keeper and into the right side of the net to put Carolina in front of the Terriers, 1-0.
Boston University nearly evened things up in the 29th minute when Jeroen Blugh connected on a header that was cleared off the line by Jordan Gafa for a team save. Sanford Spivey put a header of his own on target less than two minutes later but Scott Goodwin was able to snag the shot to keep Carolina in front.
Gafa nearly struck for the Tar Heels on the opposite end of the pitch when Danny Garcia sent a corner kick in from the flag. Gafa tracked the ball near the far post and directed a header that Boston goalkeeper Nick Thomson made a diving save on.
The Terriers came out firing in the second half and earned a corner in the first minute that led to a shot by Parker Powell that Goodwin secured for one of his season-high six saves on the night.
Carolina nearly made it 2-0 on a tremendous run by Danny Garcia in the 55th minute. Garcia found a cross at the back post and made a diving attempt and barely missed the far post.
From that point on the match opened up with attempts coming at a frantic pace from both sides. Mac McGuire and Michael Bustamante forced Goodwin into saves, while Craven and Murphy did it on the other end.
Garcia sent in a corner in the 65th minute that Murphy volleyed out of the air from 10 yards out but a Boston University defender was on the line to keep it from finding the back of the net. The ensuing rebound bounced to a waiting Andy Craven who unloaded on a shot but sent it over the bar for a goal kick.
The 68th minute saw Raby George race down the right flank and make a move to the inside of the left back as he entered the 18-yard box. The defender brought down George from behind after he sent in a cross as the referee whistled for a penalty. Jeroen Blugh was issued a yellow card for the tackle allowing Martin Murphy a chance to put UNC up 2-0 with a penalty.
Murphy sent the penalty past the goalkeeper as Carolina claimed a 2-0 lead in the 68th minute.
The Terriers would not surrender as they were able to pull a goal back in the 84th minute when Dominique Badji headed a ball past Goodwin when Michael Bustamante crossed a ball from the right of the goal to the middle of the box.
Boston University continued to apply pressure to the Tar Heels in the final six minutes of action but the Tar Heel defense rose to the occasion and kept the Terriers from registering another shot on the night.
The goal snapped a scoreless streak of 390 minutes for senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin who had not allowed a goal since a second half effort by UCLA in the national semifinal in 2011.
Carolina improved to 3-0-0 on the year with the win, while Boston University dropped to 1-3-0 on the year after playing four ranked opponents to start the year.
Up next for the Tar Heels is the ACC opener when Virginia Tech comes to Fetzer Field for a 7 p.m. kick on Saturday, Sept. 8.