Engel Does It Again! Heels Win 1-0 Over Georgia State
For the third straight game, North Carolina (8-3-5) notched a first half goal with Engel striking for his sixth goal of the 2013 campaign at the 21:15 mark. The build up came off a Tar Heel throw in deep in the attacking third. After a turnover by the Panthers, Alex Olofson took a shot from 20 yards that deflected off a Georgia State defender.
The ball eventually bounced to the end line to the right of the goal where Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler gathered in the loose ball and threaded a pass through a pair of defenders to Engel, who was all alone eight yards in front of the goal. Engel one-touched the pass back inside the right post past Georgia State goalkeeper C.J. Cochran. The assist was the third of the season for Vandermaas-Peeler.
Carolina finished the half with an 8-1 edge in shots. Other than the goal by Engel, only one other attempt by the Tar Heels ended up on frame as Omar Holness sent a shot through traffic with 3:05 left in the half but Cochran was there to gobble it up. The Tar Heels' third best opportunity to score came in the 10th minute when Nick Williams got loose but sent a shot from the left side of the penalty area just past the left post.
The second half saw Carolina put plenty of pressure inside the Georgia State third of the field.
Vernari Valimaa had the first good opportunity five minutes into the second stanza. His strong run towards the box resulted a shot from 15 yards that was saved by Cochran.
The next chance came from Alex Olfoson when he was alone on the right side of the box and fired a shot from 10 yards out that Cochran saved with two hands.
Josh Rice got into the mix when he had a look at an open goal but missed wide with 28 minutes left in regulation.
Late in the second half, Raby George put a free kick on frame that forced Cochran to make his best save of the night to keep the match a one-goal margin.
While Cochran was busy making five saves, UNC keeper Brendan Moore did not make a single save for the second-straight match. He also extended his scoreless minutes streak to 324 minutes dating back to the first half of the UNCW game on Oct. 22.
Moore notched his ninth clean sheet of the season and lowered his ACC-leading goals-against-average to 0.52.
Carolina has now won a season-high three matches in a row and five of its last six overall as the regular season comes to close this Friday by hosting NC State at 7 p.m. GoHeelsTV will have coverage of the match.