Following their first goal of the night, the Tar Heels responded just two minutes later with another.
Sophomore forward Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler scored his first career goal, taking the Tar Heels to a 2-0 lead just before halftime.
Vandermaas-Peeler received a ball from Martin Murphy, dribbled around a defender and chipped the ball just over the goalie’s reach.
Although Vandermaas-Peeler was excited for his first goal, he said he values the team’s success more.
“I try and get out on the field and do what I can for the team, and today I happened to score my first goal,” he said.
The Tar Heels (8-1-1, 3-0-1) finished off the Eagles (2-8-0) after a scoreless second half that mirrored the first in terms of UNC possession.
“We stayed together,” sophomore defender Jordan McCrary said. “We always played tight and we always played strong.”
Coach Carlos Somoano said the Tar Heels could have created some more opportunities offensively if they had executed a little bit cleaner and a little bit sharper.
“We base a lot of our attack on spacing and timing and synchronized movement,” Somoano said, “and it’s pretty hard to do.
“I don’t think that we’re at the top in that regard right now, so that’s where we break down the most, but we continue to work on it.”
Many of the Tar Heels’ advances Tuesday were a result of Craven’s movement on and off the ball.
Craven was unable to play in last week’s game against Duke due to a red card in the game against Wofford a week ago.
Craven’s absence was noted against Duke, but helped him better prepare for the Georgia Southern game where he claimed the early lead for the Tar Heels.
“Obviously, I didn’t want to sit out,” Craven said.
“But if you look on the bright side of things I got to rest up.”
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