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Martin Murphy scored two goals in the span of 1:52 in the first half.
Martin Murphy scored two goals in the span of 1:52 in the first half.
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Murphy Lifts UNC To 2-0 Win
Release: 09/08/2012

Senior Martin Murphy tallied a pair of goals in a span of 1:52 in the first half to propel UNC to a 2-0 win over Virginia Tech in both team's ACC opener.

Murphy made it three straight matches with a goal when he gave Carolina a quick 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

The Cary, N.C., native played a ball to Andy Craven in the attacking third as Craven was fighting for position with a Virginia Tech defender. Craven dropped the ball to left outside back Jordan McCrary in space.

McCrary chipped a pass to a cutting Murphy over the last line of defense, as Murphy settled the pass the Hokie goalkeeper came charging out and Murphy deftly chipped the ball over the keeper's outstretched arm and into the back of the net.

The Tar Heels regained possession after the game's opening goal and pushed forward before the Hokies were whistled for a foul 30 yards away from goal.

Murphy stood over the free kick and tapped it to Danny Garcia who settled it for the senior who blasted a shot from distance. Murphy's shot curled to the top left corner of the goal and out of the goalkeeper's reach for his second goal in less than two minutes of action.

The two quick goals would be all the Tar Heels would need as they dominated possession throughout the contest and ended up out-shooting the Hokies by a 12-5 margin, including a 7-1 margin in the second half.

The Tar Heel defense allowed just one shot in the second half, a speculative attempt from distance, as they posted their third shutout of the year. The shutout also moved goalkeeper Scott Goodwin within two shutouts of setting the career mark as he has posted 27 clean sheets in his career. 

The win gives Carolina three points in the ACC standings and the Tar Heels have now won five of their last six ACC openers after dropping a 1-0 decision in overtime at Virginia Tech a year ago.

Carolina will take its first regular season road trip on Tuesday when the Tar Heels head to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on James Madison at 7 p.m.


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