In their first match since gaining the highest ranking in school history, the Hokies extended their school record unbeaten streak to 12 matches with their second Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season in front of 2,377 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in Tech Soccer Stadium history.
"I'm extremely pleased with our players," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "I think they had a fighting spirit in terms of winning balls and in every aspect of the match. Overall it was an extremely satisfying victory."
Tech's current five-match ACC unbeaten streak is also the longest such stretch since joining the conference in 2004. The Hokies' current 2-0-3 ACC record passes the 2005 team's 3-0-1 stretch between Oct. 8 and Oct. 29 as the school's longest ACC unbeaten streak.
Tech (8-1-4, 2-0-3 ACC) earned its second win in its last three matches against North Carolina, and now trails the all-time series, which dates back to 1972, 2-5-0.
North Carolina (4-4-5, 2-3-0 ACC) scored the match's first goal when Zach Loyd looped a 25-yard cross through the box where Scott Campbell was able to flick in the score at 13:55.
Tech came up with the equalizer a little more than 12 minutes later when sophomore midfielder Charlie Campbell stole a pass near the North Carolina box and found junior forward Robert Edmans running free on a breakaway. Edmans galloped through the North Carolina box before converting his team-high-tying fifth goal of the season. Edmans is the team leader with 14 points off five goals and four assists, and is tied with Stefan Hock with five markers this season.
"That was a huge goal that really got everybody's spirits up," Weiss said. "After that we really played well."
The Hokies found the back of the net for the game-winning goal in the 60th minute, when Hock delivered a cross through the box that deflected off a crowd before Spangler put a foot on the ball for the ninth goal of his career. The co-captain from Media, Pa., now has 29 career points.
Junior goalkeeper Markus Aigner made two saves in his third win of the season, and is now 3-0-4 in eight appearances with a 0.95 goals against average.
Tech is now 3-1-2 this season when the opponents score first and the Hokies out shot the Tar Heels, 14-8, while corner kicks were equal at three apiece.
The Hokies find themselves in sole possession of third place with nine points in the ACC before heading to Duke on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match in Durham, N.C.