The last time the UNC men's soccer team scored two goals in a single game was Aug. 25 in a 2-1 win over Air Force. Since then, the Tar Heels had scored just five goals in eight games.
After going over a month without scoring two goals in a match, North Carolina did just that on Friday night in a 2-0 shutout win against Virginia Tech. UNC dominated both sides of the ball, something the Tar Heels have not done all season.
In a battle against the last-place team in the ACC Coastal division, North Carolina got on the board in the 23rd minute when redshirt junior Key White struck first off of an assist from fifth-year Milo Garvanian.
After missing all of last season, the speedy forward is starting to find his stride.
“He has capability, he has a good spirit and he is energetic,” head coach Carlos Somoano said. “He just has to bring a positive attitude on a more consistent basis, but without a doubt when he does that, we have tons of confidence he will provide.”
White, who hasn't started once this season, has been a spark for the Tar Heels off the bench. He is second on the team in goals scored with two — only behind Garvanian, who has four.
“It doesn’t matter about how much you play or when you come in, just try your hardest and make an impact for your team,” White said. “I feel like my role is when I go on the field, I want to create scoring chances and opportunities to score.”
The Tar Heels took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Then, in the 67th minute, Garvanian struck the ball from outside the box, which hit off the goalkeeper's gloves and bounced in for the goal.
While Garvanian was a game-changer on Friday, with one goal and one assist, the chemistry was clicking on all cylinders. The Tar Heels shot 17 shots and had nine on goal.