CVP Sends Carolina To Victory Over Syracuse
CHAPEL HILL - The No. 11 North Carolina men's soccer team won its second-straight match with a 1-0 victory over Syracuse Friday night from Fetzer Field.
Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler scored the only goal Carolina would need in the 37th minute to give his club the win over the Orange in the first meeting between the two programs.
North Carolina (5-2-5, 2-1-5 ACC) played its ball-control style for a majority of the match and that paid off with the goal late in the first half.
Verneri Valimaa and Tyler Engel's short, quick passes led to a wide-open Vandermaas-Peeler and all he did was deposit the ball into the right corner for his first goal of the regular season and second career marker at Carolina.
The local product from Cary, N.C., also scored in the exhibition win over then top-ranked Indiana back in August.
The aforementioned trio of Engel, Vandermaas-Peeler and Valimaa have all picked a point in two of the last three matches.
The opening five minutes of the match saw Syracuse (8-5-1, 2-5-1 ACC) pump three early shots to keep the Heels back line busy. However, the Orange were limited to only two shots the final 85 minutes.
In the second stanza, Carolina had eight of the 10 shots after halftime. Many were pushed high over the cross bar, but Engel had a nice look in the 56th minute when his shot on frame forced Syracuse keeper Alex Bono to make his first of three saves on the evening.
Moments later UNC keeper Brendan Moore was called for a handball right outside the 18-yard line that setup a quality scoring chance for the Orange. Jordan Murrell's left-footed flyer was on target, but Moore made an excellent diving save to his right to keep the Heels up 1-0.
In the 68th minute, Omar Holness cracked a shot from distance and was saved by Bono, but the ball went directly to Valimaa. However, his shot had a little too much steam on it and went over the woodwork.
Moore made three saves to record his sixth shutout of 2013.
The victory moves Carolina into fifth place in the ACC standings with 11 points. Syracuse falls into a tie for ninth with seven points.
North Carolina hosts UNC Wilmington Tuesday at 7 p.m.