Nov. 8, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 3 North Carolina tallied four goals in the opening 50 minutes of Tuesday night's ACC Quarterfinal against NC State en route to a 4-0 win over the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels will meet Virginia in the ACC Semifinals Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match can be seen on ESPN3.
Jordan Gafa opened the scoring for the Tar Heels in the 13th minute when he corralled a Kirk Urso free kick from the right flank. Gafa moved to his right and fired a shot on net that deflected off a defender and past the keeper to open the scoring ledger.
Urso spearheaded Carolina's second goal less than 15 minutes before halftime when he fed Enzo Martinez in the middle of the field leading to a long pass into the box that found the head of Matt Hedges. The senior defender made it three straight matches with a goal as he headed the ball past the keeper to put Carolina on a 2-0 advantage.
The Tar Heels entered halftime with a 2-0 advantage for the third time this season after posting 2-0 opening halves against Clemson and South Carolina.
Carolina did not let up in the second half as the Tar Heels quickly upped their lead just after the halftime break.
Enzo Martinez picked up his second assist of the night when he chipped a ball from the left side of the 18-yard box across the mouth of the goal that freshman Mikey Lopez ran onto. Lopez delivered a header far post that beat the NC State keeper and gave Carolina a 3-0 advantage.
Less than 30 seconds later Carlos McCrary added to the lead with his second goal of the season in the 50th minute. McCrary earned a free ball past midfield and darted his way past the Wolfpack defenders and fired a shot from the top of the box that NC State's Fabian Otte was able to get a hand on but not enough to slow the ball from crossing the line.
The Tar Heel defense faced nine shots in the contest as they rolled up their eighth shutout of the season and third in the last four matches.
The win extends Carolina's unbeaten streak at Fetzer Field to 23 matches as the Tar Heels move on to the ACC Semifinal round for the second consecutive year.
The Tar Heels will take on Virginia which used a goal in the dying seconds of double overtime to claim a 4-3 home win over Wake Forest Tuesday night. Carolina claimed a 3-0 win in Charlottesville this year in the only meeting between the two teams in 2011.
In the other semifinal Boston College and Duke will do battle at 7:30 p.m. Both matches can be seen live on ESPN3.