Miller Solid In 3-1 Seahawk Loss At UNC
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina - Senior Brandon Miller made eight saves and freshman Jacob Vancompernolle notched his first collegiate goal, but North Carolina came out on top on Saturday with a 3-1 win over UNCW at Fetzer Field in the season opener for both sides.
For Miller it was the most saves since a 12-save outing last
season in a scoreless draw at Northeastern.
The Tar Heels, the preseason favorite to win the ACC, were able to race out to an early 1-0 lead in the 7th minute when Enzo Martinez finished off a set piece from six yards out following a Seahawk miscue on an illegal back pass. Ben Speas added an assist on the play.
UNC pushed it to 2-0 in the 61st minute on a goal from Billy Schuler, who was on the closing end of a pair of give-and-go passes from teammates Rob Lovejoy and Jordan Gafa.
Staring at a two-goal deficit, the Seahawks wasted no time responding with a goal in the 62nd minute. Following a UNC foul, senior Daniel Roberts, a preseason All-CAA selection, sent a cross into the box where Vancompernolle's header found the back of the net from 10 yards out, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Both teams had chances to either extend the lead or draw level in the following 23 minutes, but Lovejoy put the game out of reach with a goal early in the 86th minute for a 3-1 UNC advantage. The Tar Heels were able to post their second goal off a set piece when Lovejoy headed home a corner kick off the foot of Kirk Urso.
The Seahawks host longtime regional rival Campbell on Sept. 1, in their home opener at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
NOTES: UNC built an 18-4 advantage in shots and led 5-1 in corner kicks ... The Seahawks played without starter center back Christian Davidson, who is out with a leg injury ... Saturday's game did mark the return of Daniel Roberts and Brian Harrison for UNCW, both missed a majority of last season ... Harrison played 83 minutes at midfield ... Six freshmen saw action for UNCW in the season opener ... UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin did not record a save on the evening.