Martin Murphy tallied in the 68th minute but a 77th minute equalizer would draw Coastal Carolina level in Sunday's friendly in Cary, N.C.
After a thrilling 3-2 battle in the second round of the NCAA Tournament the Tar Heels matched up with the Chanticleers for the second straight preseason friendly.
Coastal Carolina would control the pace in the early going with Ashton Bennett narrowly missing a goal in the opening minutes.
The Tar Heel defense would settle down after the opening chance and kept the Chanticleers off the board in the first half despite a shot bouncing off the far post midway through the period and a late penalty.
Coastal Carolina earned a penalty late in the opening 45 minutes when defender Boyd Okwuonu blocked an initial shot but was whistled for a hand ball in the 18-yard box on the rebound.
Goalkeeper Scott Goodwin rose to the occasion and turned away the penalty attempt to keep the score, 0-0.
Carolina started the second half in much better fashion as the Tar Heels were able to connect their passes and started to make challenging runs at the Coastal defense.
The 68th minute saw freshman Danny Garcia make a run down the left side. Garcia sent a cross through the box to a waiting Jordan Gafa who settled the ball and fed a pass to Martin Murphy at the top of the box.
Murphy took a shot from just inside the top of the box that deflected off a defender's foot and over the goalkeeper into the top left corner of the goal to put UNC up 1-0.
The Tar Heels controlled the pace over the next eight minutes before Coastal Carolina was awarded a free kick three yards outside the box. Ashton Bennett took the free kick and sent a low shot to the far right post that Goodwin was unable to see. The goal evened the match at 1-1 with 13 minutes to play.
The Chanticleers and Tar Heels both had late opportunities that never challenged the goal over the final 13 minutes as the teams finished the full 90 in a 1-1 draw.
The Tar Heels will open the 2012 regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field when Gardner-Webb comes to town.