FORT WAYNE, Ind. — North Carolina earned a 2-1 victory over Michigan State on Thursday in an exhibition match as part of the National Soccer Festival at Hefner Field on the IUPUI Fort Wayne campus.
Tyler Engel scored his first goal as a member of the Tar Heels in the 38th minute that ultimately sent UNC into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The first-year transfer from SMU, who scored eight goals and seven assists as a sophomore for the Mustangs in 2012, created quality scoring opportunities for the Tar Heels.
Sophomore midfielder Raby George made it 2-0 with a goal midway into the second half.
Michigan State scored with six minutes remaining in the match, but the Tar Heels defense maintained its poise in the final minutes to keep the Spartans from scoring the equalizer.
North Carolina held a 10-9 advantage in shots.
UNC will take on No. 1 Indiana in an exhibition matchup between the past two NCAA national championship teams Saturday at 7 p.m..
ACC: North Carolina received six first-place votes and is the preseason favorite to claim the ACC championship, according to a vote of the leagues seven coaches. Duke was picked third.
The Tar Heels, who won the 2012 ACC championship and advanced to the national championship game, claimed the maximum 36 possible points. Maryland, which has won two of the past three national championships, was picked second with 31 points.
Duke had 23 points, just ahead of league newcomer Syracuse (22) in fourth. Wake Forest (15), Virginia (13), and Boston College (7) rounded out the preseason voting.
• All seven programs are represented on the preseason All-ACC Team, led by the Terrapins with three players selected. North Carolina and Virginia have two players apiece, followed by Boston College, Duke, Syracuse, and Wake Forest with one player recognized.
North Carolina is represented by junior forward Charlotte Craddock and sophomore Emily Wold, last seasons freshman of the year.
Defender Paula Heimbach was the Blue Devils lone player selected..
ACC The ACC leads the Soccer America preseason All-America team with 10 players selected, including two apiece from Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida State.
Virginia and Notre Dame each had one player named to the team and Stanford was the only other program to have a pair of players selected to the 25-member team.
Reigning Hermann Trophy winner Crystal Dunn, along with fellow senior Kealia Ohai, represent defending national champion North Carolina.
Duke is represented by defender Natasha Anasi and forward Laura Weinberg.
Wake Forest placed goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and forward Katie Stengel on the squad.
Florida State placed both goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir on the squad. Notre Dame midfielder Cari Roccaro and Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian were also recognized.
The season gets under way Friday with 13 of the ACCs 14 teams in action.