George Washington 1, UNC 0



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. 9 Junior midfielder Frank Ambrosio scored in the second minute of play, and the George Washington defense withstood 17 shots and 15 corner kicks from North Carolina, as the Colonials (10-8-4) held on for a 1-0 victory over the Tar Heels (10-9-2) Friday at Fetzer Field in first round action of the 2004 NCAA Men¹s Soccer Championship. With the win, GW advances to play at No. 16-seed Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday, November 23.

Off a Colonial throw-in into the box, midfielder Trevor Martin got a head on the ball and flicked it toward Ambrosio, who headed it downward and toward UNC goalkeeper Ford Williams at the near post. Williams made a stop on the ball, but not before it crossed the goalline, giving GW a one-goal advantage at the 1:26 mark. The score was Ambrosio¹s team-best seventh goal of the season.

Neither team was able to get much going in the rest of the second half, but the Colonials outshot the Tar Heels, 7-6, in the period. Carolina¹s best first half scoring opportunity came on a header by Blake Beach in the 13th minute that was saved at the near post by a GW defender.

The Tar Heels pressured the Colonials for much of the second half, outshooting George Washington, 11-7, in the frame. Carolina had several scoring chances in a frantic final five minutes. Senior defender Tim Merritt blasted a header that was saved by Colonial keeper Derek Bliss in the 86th minute and sent another shot high just over a minute later. Freshman midfielder Dax McCarty also had a shot blocked in the 87th minute.

In all, the Tar Heels tallied 17 shots to GW¹s 14 and had 15 corners compared to just three for the Colonials. Williams made four saves for Carolina, while Bliss made five for GW, which is unbeaten in its last 10 games. The Tar Heels, who made their sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, end their season with a 10-9-2 mark.

1. GW - Frank Ambrosio (Trevor Martin), 1:26
Goals: Frank Ambrosio (GW)
Assists: Trevor Martin (GW)
Goalie Stats: Ford Williams (UNC): 1 goal allowed, 4 saves, 90 minutes; Derek Biss (GW): 0 goals allowed, 5 saves, 90 minutes Shots: UNC 17, GW 14
Fouls: GW 11, UNC 7
Corners: UNC 15, GW 3
Offsides: UNC 1, GW 0
Attendance: 828

--Courtesy UNC