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MSOC: Tar Heels Explode For 7-0 Win Over Gardner-Webb

Posted August 17

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— Andy Craven’s two goals were among four scored in the opening 10 minutes, sending North Carolina to a 7-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in an exhibition men’s soccer match Friday night at Fetzer Field.

Last season’s top scorer for the Tar Heels, Tyler Engel, made it 1-0 just 3:26 into the match with a blast into the upper corner as he raced into the 18-yard box for the opening goal.

Sophomore Omar Holness’ one touch off a fine passing display from Engel and Rob Lovejoy gave Carolina a 2-0 working margin at the 7:21 mark of the first stanza.

The attack continued in the Runnin’ Bulldog third when Andy Craven struck for the next two goals and a 4-0 lead just 9:16 into the match. Craven deftly touched a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner. The initial shot in the sequence by Holness rang off the left post, but the ball squirted through the goal area to an oncoming Craven.

The fifth-year senior struck again on a play where Jonathan Campbell earned an assist. Craven settled a loose ball down and deposited into the net for a 4-0 Tar Heel advantage.

Senior Glen Long wasted no time scoring again for the Tar Heels early in the second half. C.J. Odenigwe created the scoring chance with a solid shot from the left flank that bounced to Long and he one touched the ball over the goal line for a 5-0 lead.

Freshman Alan Winn created scoring opportunities most of the evening and it finally paid off with a goal at the 55:16 mark of the match. Marco Sunol picked up an assist as he fed Winn and he unleashed a low shot that streaked past the Gardner-Webb keeper.

After play had settled down for a few minutes, Nyambi Jabang caught the Runnin’ Bulldog keeper napping way off his line, and proceeded to chip the goalie from beyond midfield to make it 7-0 Tar Heels.

Carolina will host the Carolina Railhawks on Monday in its second exhibition match of the season at 7 p.m. The match will serve as a fundraiser for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. Admission is free, but donation information will be available to support the former Tar Heel captain.

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