Carolina Downs Michigan State, 2-1
Tyler Engel scored his first goal as a member of the Tar Heels in the 38th minute that ultimately sent UNC into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The first-year transfer from SMU, who scored eight goals and seven assists as a sophomore for the Mustangs in 2012, showed good form today in creating quality scoring opportunities for the Heels.
Sophomore midfielder Raby George made it 2-0 with a goal midway into the second half of action.
Michigan State scored a late goal with six minutes remaining in the match, but the Heels defense maintained its poise in the final minutes to keep the Spartans attack from scoring the equalizer.
Carolina held a slim 10-9 advantage in shots.
UNC will take on No. 1 Indiana in an exhibition matchup of the last two NCAA National Championship teams on Saturday at 7 p.m., in the finale of the National Soccer Festival.