The No. 18 North Carolina men’s soccer team (7-2-2, 3-1 ACC) defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4-1) 3-1 behind a two-goal performance by senior Mauricio Pineda on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina started the game in aggressive fashion as the Tar Heels had four shots in the first 6:30 with two shots on goal. UNC played stingy defense as the Mountaineers didn’t have a shot until the 21 minutes. Through the first 25 minutes of play North Carolina led in shots 9-1 and 3-0 on shots on goal.
With 27:49 played, Pineda scored after dribbling the ball in the box to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead. A minute late, senior Jelani Pieters assisted Pineda's second goal, putting UNC up 2-0.
Later in the half, the Mountaineers finished a back post to score their first goal at 36:02 to cut the lead to one. By halftime, North Carolina held a 2-1 lead, outshot their opponent 16-4, and held an 8-1 advantage on shots on goal.
But the second half was much slower with seven shots combined from both teams, UNC claiming a narrow 4-3 edge. In the 72nd minute of the game first-year Jonathan Jimenez scored his first collegiate goal to extend the Tar Heels lead to 3-1. This would be the final score and gave North Carolina their seventh victory of the season.
Who stood out?
Pineda scored his two goals in the game less than a minute apart. His first came when he received the ball from a corner kick in the box, dribbled it and propelled the ball into the back of the net.