The Tar Heel defense leads the country in goals against average at 0.29.
The Tar Heel defense leads the country in goals against average at 0.29.
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Carolina Faces Clemson Friday
Release: 10/04/2012

#6 North Carolina (8-1-1, 3-0-1 ACC) at

Clemson (4-5-2, 2-1-1 ACC)

7 p.m., Riggs Field

Coverage: ESPN3

Series: Clemson leads 27-22-6

Series In Clemson: Clemson leads 15-6-4

Last Meeting: at UNC 2, Clemson 0 

Oct. 7, 2011


Carolina Heads To Clemson Friday
No. 6 North Carolina will take to the road for the second of five straight weekend road trips on Friday when the Tar Heels face Clemson at 7 p.m. 

The Tar Heels have won four straight matches and own a five-match unbeaten streak dating back to their lone loss of the year.

Clemson has won its last three matches with an overtime win at home against NC State and road wins at Virginia and UNC Greensboro.

Junior Andy Craven made his presence felt on Tuesday after missing the Duke match due to a red card. Craven netted his fourth goal of the year and in the process scored his third game-winning goal of 2012.

Scott Goodwin and the Tar Heel defense posted their league-leading seventh shutout of the year and in the process dropped their goals against average to below .30 once again at 0.29. The 0.29 mark is the lowest in the country.


Statistical Matchup

North Carolina         Clemson
10     Games Played     11
15/1.50     Goals Scored/Avg.     9/0.82
3/0.29     Goals Against/Avg.     12/1.09
.124     Shot Percentage     .073
55-121     Shots on Goal-Shots     57-123
12.1     Shots Per Game     11.2
12     Assists     12
45     Corner Kicks     53
2-2     Penalties     1-1
14     Yellow Cards     16
1     Red Cards     1
106     Fouls     126

ACC Leaders
• Carolina became just the second team in ACC history to pull off the treble last year when it won the National Championship, the ACC regular season title and ACC Tournament crown in a single year.

• The ACC regular season title was the third straight for the Tar Heels after claiming the title in 2010 and 2011, while sharing the honor with Wake Forest in 2009.

• Carolina is looking to join Virginia as the only schools in the ACC to win or share four straight ACC regular season titles.

• The Tar Heels are unbeaten in their last 11 regular season conference matches and have not suffered a loss against a league opponent since Sept. 10, 2011, a span of 14 matches.

• The 14-match ACC unbeaten streak is the longest in school history, surpassing a 13-match unbeaten string from Oct. 24, 2009 to Nov. 14, 2010.

• Carolina is currently first in the ACC with 10 points through four matches, one point clear of Maryland (through three matches) and three clear of Clemson.

South Carolina Connections
• Carolina will head to the Palmetto State the next two weekends as the Tar Heels face Clemson Friday and College of Charleston next Saturday.

• Freshman Joe Amon hails from Summerville, S.C. and played club soccer with fellow freshman Nico Rittmeyer for SC United.

• Junior Andy Craven played his first two years at College of Charleston before transferring to UNC prior to the 2012 season.

• Assistant Coach Jeff Negalha played at USC Spartanburg from 1997-98.

Goodwin Cleaning Up

• Carolina has shut the door on seven 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 31 shutouts in his time between the pipes and is just the 16th goalkeeper in NCAA history to record 30 shutouts in a career.

• Goodwin and the Heels had another 300+ minute scoreless streak snapped at Duke when Riley Wolfe scored in the 59th minute.

• With the 0.29 GAA through this year, Goodwin has lowered his career GAA to 0.60 and is now the UNC career leader.

• The 0.60 career goals against average currently ranks tied for the 14th lowest mark in the NCAA history.

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.

• The Tar Heels lost at Virginia Tech in the first road game of the year before winning three straight matches and finishing with a 5-1 record after the loss in 2011.

• Carolina has posted an 10-4-1 mark in its last 15 road games dating back to the 2010 season.

• Historically, Clemson has maintained an impressive 15-6-4 at Riggs Field against the Tar Heels since the series first meeting in 1967.

• The Tar Heels won their last trip to Clemson in 2009 by a 3-1 margin as Martin Murphy capped off three UNC goals in a 15-minute span.

• Carolina has won three straight over the Tigers after back-to-back home wins.

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.

• The backline lost a MLS SuperDraft First Round pick in Matt Hedges but freshman Jonathan Campbell has filled in nicely in the early going.

• Carolina has allowed only three goals through the first 10 matches for a 0.29 goals against average.

• Boston University snapped a shutout streak of 390 minutes when it pulled a goal back late in the match. The Tar Heels had not allowed a goal since a second half effort in the NCAA Semifinal draw against UCLA.

• The goal by the Terriers was the only goal scored during the run of play against the Tar Heels in 2012 before Duke provided one Friday. James Madison converted a penalty for the other goal.

• The 0.29 goals against average currently leads the country.

Bouncing Back After A Loss
• Carolina suffered its first loss since Oct. 18, 2011 when James Madison converted a penalty late in the first half en route to a 1-0 win.

• After a 1-0 overtime loss at Virginia Tech in 2011, the Tar Heels went 8-0-1 before suffering their next defeat and followed up their loss at Davidson by going 14-0-2.

• The Tar Heels battled to a scoreless draw against Wake Forest before back-to-back 1-0 wins over Virginia and Wofford.

• Carolina has won four straight and are unbeaten in its last five matches since the 1-0 loss at James Madison.

Tar Heel Duo Headed To U-20 Marbella Cup Next Week
• Sophomores Mikey Lopez and Boyd Okwuonu were named to the U.S. U-20 MNT for its upcoming trip to Marbella, Spain, Oct. 6-17.

• The duo were part of a 19-member team announced by head coach Tab Ramos Monday afternoon. 

• Lopez and Okwuonu have been a part of nearly every U-20 training camp the past year and were members of the U.S. squad at the Milk Cup in Scotland held in late July.

• The U.S. side will take on Canada, Scotland and Azerbaijan in friendlies at the Marbella Cup, set to be held Oct. 6-17.

• The U.S. will open play Oct. 10 against Canada at 11:30 a.m. ET before facing Scotland on Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The competition will conclude Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. ET when the U.S. faces Azerbaijan.

• The Marbella Cup is one of several competitions before the 2013 U-20 World Cup set for June 21 - July 13, 2013 in Turkey.

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