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Nov. 12, 2010
CARY, N.C. - The top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels won a defensive battle, outlasting the fifth-seeded Boston College Eagles, 1-0, in the ACC Men's Soccer Championship Semifinals Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Tar Heels advance to face second-seeded Maryland at 1:00 p.m. Sunday for the ACC title.
UNC broke a scoreless tie at the 54:01 mark when Enzo Martinez scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Kirk Urso started the decisive attack with a 35-yard shot that was knocked just left of the goal by BC goalkeeper Justin Luthy. Martinez was in position for a quick shot on the rebound, and after his first attempt bounced off the left post, he rebounded his own shot with a goal that gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.
The Tar Heel defense made the goal stand up, limiting Boston College to a total of seven shots and no shots on goal. After a first half that featured no shots on goal by either team, North Carolina turned up the offensive intensity after intermission. Twelve of the Tar Heels' 16 shots came in the second half.
"In the first half, we were more concerned with not turning the ball over instead of generating more pressure on their goal," said UNC coach Elmar Bolowich. "That needed to change at the half. The guys responded in the second half. I think everybody could see there was much, much more direction in the second half. We were looking for the forward pass. We were looking for the forward run and things started to happen a little bit more in front of the ball. I think that made a difference in the game."
"We lost to a better team," Boston College coach Ed Kelly said. "I liked the way Carolina played and I wish them luck. Carolina possessed the ball a lot and made us run around and play a lot of defense."
With the win, No. 2 North Carolina (16-2-1) extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches. The only tie during the streak was a 1-1 contest at Boston College on October 15.
The 14th-ranked Eagles fell to 10-4-5 and will await Monday's NCAA Selection Show to learn when and where they will next play