Danny Garcia scored his fourth goal of the season to give No. 3 North Carolina (15-2-1) a 1-0 start to postseason play in its ACC quarterfinal against Duke (8-8-2) Tuesday night at Fetzer Field.
Though the goal sent their foe back to Durham, potentially ending the Blue Devils’ season, the Tar Heels are less concerned with the rivalry victory and more focused on their own post-season ambitions.
“For me, it’s not a Duke-UNC thing, even though I know for everybody else it is,” coach Carlos Somoano said. “I’m coaching the Tar Heels, and I’m 100 percent focused on the Tar Heels. I can’t get caught into that.”
The Tar Heels found the net when midfielder Raby George stole the ball from Duke’s Zach Mathers on the edge of the Blue Devils’ box in the 22nd minute and slipped a pass to Garcia.
Unmarked, Garcia took two touches before firing a shot past the outstretched hand of Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw, who had moved to his left in anticipation of Garcia shooting toward the far post.