CHAPEL HILL — No. 11 North Carolina (4-1-2) held No. 16 Notre Dame (3-2-1) to one shot on goal on Friday night for a dominant 2-0 win in front of the home crowd in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels out shot the Fighting Irish 15-7 in the game as Jelani Pieters recorded the game-winning goal in the 14th minute while Blake Malone doubled the lead in the 68th minute with his first collegiate goal.
North Carolina was dialed in from the opening whistle as the Heels came out of the gates clicking on all cylinders. Within the first 10 minutes of the game, the Heels led the Irish 3-0 in shots and 4-0 in corners as they barraged the Notre Dame back line. In the 5th minute, Jack Skahan almost opened the scoring with an absolute wonder strike from 30 yards out, but it didn’t have quite enough dip on it as it banged off the crossbar.
It wasn’t until the 14th minute that UNC got what they had been looking for as they took a 1-0 lead thanks to determined Pieters. After a shot by Raul Aguilera was saved by Notre Dame goalie Duncan Turnbill, the ball bounced around the box and Pieters was able to find the ball and tap it into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
Game Recap: Men’s Soccer | | T.J. Scholl