UNC Heads To Raleigh Friday
No. 4 North Carolina will look to lock up a top four finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference Friday when the Tar Heels head to Raleigh to take on rival NC State at 7 p.m.
A draw will guarantee the Tar Heels will finish in the top four of the ACC standings for the fourth straight year as they will be six points clear of fifth-place Clemson and hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers.
The Tar Heels had their 15-match ACC unebeaten streak snapped a week ago in College Park, Md. when No. 1 Maryland downed UNC, 1-0, in overtime. Carolina will look to start a new streak Friday against rival NC State.
Carolina has fared well against the Wolfpack owning a 52-20-12 series advantage and has posted a 15-1-4 over the last 20 meetings.
The Tar Heels have won four straight over the Wolfpack and are unbeaten in their last eight meetings. Carolina has not suffered a loss in Raleigh since 1997, a span of six straight matches.
|North Carolina||NC State|
|87-184||Shots on Goal-Shots||79-171|
|12.3||Shots Per Game||10.7|
Bouncing Back After A Loss
• Maryland delivered UNC just its second loss of the year and only the fourth in Carlos Somoano’s head coaching career.
• The Tar Heels have been very successful in avoiding losing streaks over the last five years and improved to 9-0-3 after a loss with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Campbell.
• Carolina has not suffered back-to-back losses since late in the 2008 season.
• The Tar Heels tend to go on long unbeaten streaks after a loss under Somoano’s watch:
Unbeaten Streaks After Loss Last 2 Years
• 8-0-1 - Sept. 13 - Oct. 14, 2011
- 1-0 loss at Virginia Tech
• 14-0-2 - Oct. 21, 2011 - Sept. 11, 2012
- 1-0 loss at Davidson
• 7-0-1 - Sept. 14 - Oct. 13, 2012
- 1-0 loss at James Madison
• 1-0-0 - Oct. 23 - present
- 1-0 loss at Maryland
Road Warriors In ACC Play
• Carolina will be looking for its fourth ACC road win of the year on Friday.
• The Tar Heels dropped a 1-0 decision at Virginia Tech to open the 2011 ACC season before rattling off three straight wins.
• In 2012, Carolina forced overtime before finding the winning goal early in the extra session at Duke on Sept. 28 before a dominant 2-0 win at Clemson on Oct. 5.
• The 1-0 loss at Maryland last week snapped a six-game ACC road winning streak for the Tar Heels.
• Since the start of the 2009 season, the Tar Heels are 10-3-2 in ACC road contests.
Goals Hard To Come By
• Carolina enters Friday’s match with the lowest goals against average in the country and currently the fourth-lowest in a single season in NCAA history.
• The Tar Heels have surrendered just four goals all season, posting 11 shutouts and a 0.26 goals against average.
• Creighton set the lowest mark in NCAA history a year ago as the Bluejays surrendered five goals for a 0.20 goals against average.
Goodwin Cleaning Up
• Carolina has shut the door on 11 shutouts to begin the year and in the process senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin became UNC’s all-time leader in career shutouts with his 29th against Virginia (Sept. 14).
• Goodwin has recorded 35 shutouts in his time between the pipes and is just the 12th goalkeeper in NCAA history to record 35 shutouts in a career.
• With his next shutout, Goodwin will move into a tie for 8th place on the NCAA career list and in the process set a a single-season career best with 12 shutouts.
• Goodwin has lowered his career GAA to 0.57 and is now the UNC career leader.
• The 0.57 career goals against average currently ranks tied for the 12th lowest mark in the NCAA history.
• Goodwin has been a part of five different stretches over the last three years that UNC posted at least three straight clean sheets.
300-Minute Shutout Streaks By Goodwin
491:19 - Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2012
436:24 - Sept. 13-30, 2011
408:44 - Sept. 11-28, 2012
390:00 - Dec. 9, 2011-Sept. 2, 2012
313:08 - Oct. 28 - Nov. 13, 2011
Taking To The Road
• Carolina dropped its road opener back on Sept. 11 in a 1-0 defeat at James Madison and will be looking to replicate last season’s road success Friday after winning two of is last three matches.
• The Tar Heels lost at Virginia Tech in the first road game of the year before winning three straight matches and finishing with a 5-2 road record in 2011.
• Carolina has posted an 8-4-0 mark in its road trips the last two years.
ACC Tournament Scenarios
• Carolina currently sits in second place in the ACC standings, five points behind No. 1 Maryland.
• The Tar Heels would need wins in their final two matches and a pair of Maryland losses to claim their fourth straight ACC regular season title.
• Carolina can lock up the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament on Friday with a win over NC State and either a draw or a loss by Boston College against Virginia.
• The Tar Heels will earn a home match in the ACC Quarterfinal round with a draw Friday as they will hold 14 points, six clear of fifth place side Clemson. UNC holds the tiebreaker over the Tigers after a 2-0 win in Clemson earlier this year.
Lovejoy’s Big Return
• Junior forward Rob Lovejoy made his first appearance of the 2012 season at College of Charleston and made an immediate impact by becoming the first Tar Heel since Alex Dixon in 2009 to record a hat trick.
• Lovejoy scored seven goals and distributed five assists during UNC’s championship run a year ago.
• Lovejoy missed the first 13 games of the season due to offseason surgery and has added a new dimension to the Tar Heel attack.
• For his efforts, the Greensboro, N.C., native was named the ACC Player of the Week, College Soccer News National Player of the Week and earned Top Drawer Soccer honors.
Getting That First One
• Carolina has a tendency to control the pace of play in its matches especially when the Tar Heels are able to take a lead.
• Since Sept. 28, 2010 the Tar Heels have won 36 straight games when scoring the first goal of the match.
• UNC is 40-1 when scoring the game’s first goal the last three years.
• The Tar Heels were 14-1-0 in 2010, 15-0-0 in 2011 and have won 11 matches when scoring first this season.
The Defense Is Stingy Once Again
• The Tar Heels allowed only 18 goals in 26 matches a year ago as they posted a 0.69 goals against average for the year.
• Carolina has allowed only four goals through 15 matches for a 0.26 goals against average.
• The Tar Heels have surrendered just three goals during the run of play this season - a late goal by Boston University (Sept. 2), a strike by Duke’s Riley Wolffe (Sept. 28) and the overtime winner against No. 1 Maryland (Oct. 19).
• The 0.26 goals against average currently leads the country.