Danny Garcia scored his fourth goal of the season to give the North Carolina men’s soccer team a positive start to postseason play in its ACC quarterfinal against Duke.
UNC midfielder Raby George stole the ball from Duke’s Zach Mathers on the edge of the Blue Devils’ box in the 22nd minute before slipping 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.
Mathers’ misfortune continued when he received a yellow card for a foul on UNC substitute Josh Rice during a Tar Heel counterattack.
Sean Davis had Duke’s only two shots of the half. His first effort, Duke’s only shot on goal, was deflected by Jonathan Campbell before being scooped up by Scott Goodwin. Davis’ other long-range shot was blocked.