UNC-NOTRE DAME SUNDAY: Carolina and UNC will renew their long women's soccer rivalry Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.
Carolina is 7-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the ACC heading into the game. Notre Dame is 5-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the ACC as it prepares to meet the Tar Heels. Carolina is ranked #1 in all three national polls while Notre Dame is rated #6 by Top Drawer Soccer and #8 by the NSCAA and Soccer America.
Live stats for Sunday's game will be provided through a link on GoHeels.com.
The game will also be nationally televised on ESPN3 with Dean Linke providing the play and play and former UNC National Player of the Year Heather O'Reilly doing the analysis. Links for Sunday's telecast will be provided on both GoHeels.com and WatchESPN.
Sunday's match will also be broadcast live on WCHL Radio (97.9 FM/1360 AM) of Chapel Hill. It will also be simulcast live on Chapelboro.com. Paul Connell is the radio play-by-play voice of Carolina women's soccer while John Stanley, former Harvard goalkeeper, provides color analysis.
Fans can also follow live updates of Sunday's match via Twitter @ncwomenssoccer.
TICKETS FOR SUNDAY'S MATCH: Plenty of tickets remain for Sunday's match against Notre Dame and they can be purchased at the Carmichael Arena ticket office Sunday beginning at 12 noon.
Tickets are $5 for per person and all seating at Fetzer Field is general admission. UNC Faculty, Staff and Students who possess UNC One Cards can present them at the gate Sunday and receive free admission to Sunday's match.
TAR HEELS SET TO TAKE TWO MORE TOP 25 TEAMS: Defending NCAA champion North Carolina will continue a tough early season schedule this weekend with the match against #8 Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish are ranked in all three polls, topping out at #6 in Top Drawer Soccer and being ranked #8 by the NSCAA and Soccer America.
The Fighting Irish will be the fifth nationally ranked opponents the Tar Heels have faced this season and the fourth such foe in a row. UNC met #9 Santa Clara in its season opener and then faced #2 UCLA and #9 West Virginia in last weekend's Duke Nike Classic and #22 Virginia Tech last Thursday.
TAR HEELS GARNER 750TH PROGRAM WIN: North Carolina earned the 750th victory in program history when the Tar Heels defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 last Thursday in Blacksburg, Carolina's last win on the road against the Hokies since 2007.
Having now achieved the milestone of getting 3/4s of the way to 1,000 overall victories, it is imperative to note they have all come under the tutelage of legendary head coach Anson Dorrance.
701 MORE WINS THAN LOSSES: With a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech on September 12, UNC has now reached a point in its history where it has won 701 more games than it has lost. The Tar Heels accomplished that feat while playing only 828 matches in school history.
The win against the Hokies improved the Tar Heels all-time to 750-49-29.
AN UNDEFEATED, UNTIED NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: With a win over West Virginia 4-2 on September 8, Carolina completed its first undefeated and untied record in non-conference regular-season matches since 2005.
The 2013 Tar Heels wound up their non-conference slate at 6-0-0. The Tar Heels were 8-0-0 in non-conference regular-season games in 2005.
UNBEATEN, UNTIED: Heading into this weekend's action, UNC is one of 18 teams in the country currently unbeaten and untied. That group includes four ACC teams - Miami, UNC, Virginia and Wake Forest. However, Miami and Wake Forest fell from those ranks as Miami lost to Duke 3-0 and Wake Forest tied Florida State 0-0.
OHAI'S CAREER NUMBERS: Kealia Ohai has recorded 91 points in her Tar Heel career heading into the Notre Dame game, the 38th highest total in school history. She is tied for 11th amongst all active NCAA Division I players in career points. She is tied for 11th amongst all active players in points per game at 1.33.
Ohai's 34 career goals equals the 25th highest total in UNC history.
Ohai has 23 career assists, matching the seventh highest career total amongst all active NCAA Division I players. She ranks 12th in career assists per game at 0.34.
OHAI ONE OF JUST EIGHT: Kealia Ohai was one of just eight active players in NCAA Division I with at least 30 goals and 20 assists in her career She heads into the Notre Dame game with 34 career goals and 23 career assists.
CAROLINA AT THE DUKE NIKE CLASSIC: Carolina first played in a regular-season tournament at Duke in 1991. Altogether, the Tar Heels have played in a Duke-hosted tournament 21 times overall. UNC is 38-3-1 all-time at the Duke Nike Classic after two wins last weekend. The losses came to Notre Dame in 1996, to Santa Clara in 1999 and to Texas A&M in 2011. The tie came against Auburn in 2009. Carolina won the team championship at the 2013 Duke Nike Classic with a 2-0 mark, beating UCLA and West Virginia.
TAR HEELS SWEEP GAMES IN CAROLINA NIKE CLASSIC: Carolina won the championship of its own Carolina Nike Classic on August 30 and September 1 with wins over New Mexico (2-1) and Kennesaw State (3-0). Both UNC and Duke went 2-0 in the tournament and the Tar Heels earned the team title with a plus four goal differential versus Duke's plus two differential.
UNC has now hosted a version of the Carolina Nike Classic, under the current name or the names of other title sponsors, since the initial event in 1980 a total of 23 times.
Carolina has a 42-2-2 record in its early season tournaments at home. The only losses were to Penn State in 1999 and Notre Dame in 2008 with ties against Stanford in 2010 and Florida in 2012.
A TITLE FOR CINDY & THE THORNS: On August 31, Coach Cindy Parlow Cone's (UNC '98) Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0 to claim the inaugural National Women's Soccer League championship. Tobin Heath ('09) scored the game-winning goal on a free kick late in the first half to power the Thorns past the top-seeded Flash.
The Thorns' roster featured five former Tar Heel players - goalkeeper Adelaide Gay (UNC '12), midfielder Elizabeth Guess (UNC '06), midfielder Tobin Heath (UNC '09), midfielder Allie Long (UNC '08) and midfielder Nikki Washington (UNC '09). Heath and Long had scored goals for the Thorns in their 3-2 win over FC Kansas City in the NWSL semifinals on August 24. Long scored the game-winner in overtime for the Thorns in the semifinal game.
On August 28, midfielder Lori Chalupny (UNC '05) was named to the National Women's Soccer League's initial Best XI Team. Chalupny is a member of the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL.
THREE TAR HEELS PLAY FOR USWNT SEPT. 3: On September 3, three Tar Heels saw action for the United States in a friendly against Mexico at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The U.S. was clicking on all cylinders in the match, winning 7-0. The 18-member U.S. roster for the game included senior midfielder Crystal Dunn as well as midfielders Heather O'Reilly (UNC '06) and Yael Averbuch (UNC '08). Dunn and O'Reilly both started the game for the U.S. side while Averbuch came on as a reserve in the midfield in the second half.
TAR HEELS TURN IN STELLAR EFFORT AT DUKE NIKE CLASSIC: North Carolina improved to 6-0 on the season after a pair of impressive wins over Top 10 teams at the Duke Nike Classic.
Carolina defeated #2 UCLA on September 6 with All-America midfielder Crystal Dunn netting the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. UNC outshot the Bruins 23-6 in the game and had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.
Two days later, four different goal scorers led the Tar Heels past #9 West Virginia 4-2. Carolina had a 19-3 edge in shots with goals coming from Kealia Ohai, Crystal Dunn, Joanna Boyles and Summer Green. It was the first career goal for Boyles. Alexa Newfield had a pair of assists for the Tar Heels in the win.
CAROLINA SWEEPS FOES AT NIKE CAROLINA CLASSIC: North Carolina improved to 4-0 with a pair of wins at the Carolina Nike Classic on August 30 and September 1. UNC rallied to beat New Mexico 2-1 on the first night of the tournament and then defeated KSU 3-0 on the second day.
New Mexico scored in the 10th minute of the game (the first goal allowed by UNC this season) before the Tar Heels came from behind with goals by Crystal Dunn in the 59th minute (her fourth goal of the season) and Caroline Lindquist in the 68th minute. It was the first career goal for Lindquist.
The game marked the 59th come-from-behind victory in UNC soccer history and the first since November 16, 2012 when UNC rallied past Illinois 9-2.
Carolina came back against Kennesaw State two days later to beat the Owls 3-0 as Kealia Ohai had a goal and an assist. Paige Nielsen scored the game-winning goal for the Tar Heels just 24 seconds before halftime. It was her second career game-winning goal (also against Marquette on September 7, 2012). Sophomore Vicky Bruce earned her first career point with an assist on Nielsen's goal. The Tar Heels achieved separation in the second half as Summer Green scored her first goal of the year on a galazo and Kealia Ohai added her third goal of the campaign Three Tar Heel goalkeepers combined to shut out the Owls.
UNC outshot its opponents 41-5 on the weekend.
TAR HEELS OPEN SEASON IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION AT KLOCKNER CLASSIC: The 2013 North Carolina women's soccer team opened its season with a pair of satisfying results at the Klockner Classic at Charlottesville, Va., on August 23 and 25.
On opening day, UNC defeated ninth-ranked Santa Clara 2-0 behind a two-goal effort by senior midfielder Crystal Dunn. The 2012 consensus national player of the year did not score a single goal in the regular season last year, tallying all of her five goals in NCAA Tournament games. But she started off this season in fine fashion, scoring in the 59th and 86th minutes to take down the Broncos. Nineteen Tar Heels played in the game and Bryane Heaberlin made three second-half saves to preserve a shared shutout with Anna Sieloff.
Two days later, Carolina overpowered VCU 4-0 with Kealia Ohai scoring twice and Crystal Dunn adding her third goal of the weekend. Four different Tar Heels had assists in the match with junior Georgia transfer Alexa Newfield, sophomore Caroline Lindquist and freshman Cameron Castleberry all earning their first career UNC points. Bryane Heaberlin, Anna Sieloff and Lindsey Harris combined on the shared shutout with each UNC goalkeeper making one save.
UNC DISPLAYS DEPTH ALL SEASON: In a 4-0 win over VCU on August 25, UNC head coach Anson Dorrance made amazing use of his bench. Not only did all 26 UNC players who dressed for the game play in the contest, each and every one of them played double digits in minutes.
The Tar Heels almost equaled that feat in a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State on September 1. Twenty-four Tar Heels played in the game, including three goalkeepers. Twenty-three of the 24 players played at least 15 minutes each, the exception being #3 goalkeeper Lindsey Harris, who played the last 9:23 of the game.
UNC continued to play a deep bench against both second-ranked UCLA and ninth-ranked West Virginia at the Duke Nike Classic. Twenty-one Tar Heels saw action against the Bruins and 22 played versus the Mountaineers, including 21 who played at least 13 minutes.
MULTI GOAL GAMES FOR DUNN & OHAI: When Crystal Dunn scored a pair of goals against Santa Clara on August 23, it marked the fourth time in her career she has tallied two goals in a game. She also had two-goal efforts against Boston College on September 23, 2010, against James Madison on November 14, 2010 and against BYU on November 23, 2012.
Kealia Ohai's two-goal performance against VCU on August 25 marked the fifth time she has scored multiple goals in a game. She also scored twice against Miami on October 17, 2010, against Clemson on October 23, 2010, against Virginia on September 16, 2012 and against NC State on October 25, 2012.
DUNN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF WEEK TWICE THIS YEAR: North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week on August 27. Dunn had an excellent performance at the season-opening Klockner Classic with three goals in the two games.
Dunn, the reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner, earned All-Tournament honors at the Klockner Classic while scoring three goals and leading the Tar Heels to shutout wins over Santa Clara (2-0) and VCU (4-0). Dunn scored North Carolina's two goals, both in the second half, against the Broncos and provided a late insurance goal in the 4-0 rout of the Rams. The senior from Rockville Centre, N.Y., keyed an overall defensive effort that led to two clean sheets and only 10 total shots against the Tar Heels in the two games combined.
The Co-Player of the Week honor was the first of Dunn's career.
North Carolina senior midfielder CrystalDunn was also named the ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week as announced by the league office on September 10. It was Dunn's second weekly honor of the season after earning Co-Player of the Week accolades on Aug. 27.
Dunn was named the most valuable offensive player of the 2013 Duke Nike Classic as she scored in both of the Tar Heels' wins over ranked foes. Dunn scored in the 79th minute of play to lead North Carolina to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 UCLA on Sept. 6, and struck again in a 4-2 victory against No. 9 West Virginia on Sept. 8. Her play in the attacking center midfield position also helped UNC dominate possession in both games as North Carolina outshot the Bruins, 23-6, and the Mountaineers, 19-3.
The Rockville Centre, N.Y., native owns six goals through five games this season, more than she scored all of last season. Dunn missed the Heels' game against Kennesaw State September 1 due to a call-up to the United States Women's National Team, where she earned the starting assignment at right back and helped the U.S. defeat Mexico, 7-0, on Sept. 3. It was Dunn's seventh U.S. National Team cap and her fifth start.
DUNN WINS NSCAA NATIONAL PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was amongst six players who posted stellar performances and have earned the distinction of being named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8.
Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week are announced every Tuesday throughout the fall college season during the College Highlights and Rankings Show on NSCAATV.com. Starting with the 2013 season, the program was expanded to include a men's and women's winner from all three NCAA divisions
Dunn was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the 2013 Duke Nike Classic as she scored in both games, leading UNC to a pair of wins over Top 20 teams. Dunn scored in the 79th minute of play to lift the Tar Heels to a 1-0 victory over No. 3 UCLA Friday and then scored again Sunday in Carolina's 4-2 win over No. 19 West Virginia. Her play in the attacking center midfield also helped UNC dominate possession in both games, as Carolina outshot the Bruins, 23-6, and the Mountaineers, 19-3.
TAR HEELS ON TEAMS OF THE WEEK: A pair of Tar Heel defensive players were named to National Teams of the Week following the Tar Heels' wins in the Klockner Classic. Senior defender Megan Brigman was tapped for the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Senior holding center midfielder Kelly McFarlane was named as a CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week.
Two more Tar Heels were named to Teams of the Week following a pair of wins in the Duke Nike Classic. Crystal Dunn was tapped for the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week while Megan Brigman was named a CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP: Carolina's likely starting lineup against Notre Dame Sunday is as follows:
Goalkeeper: Bryane Heaberlin
BACK TO BACK CLEAN SHEETS: Carolina posted shutout wins over Santa Clara and VCU to open the 2013 campaign. That marked the first successive shutouts for UNC since October 4, 12 and 18 of last year when UNC notched successive shutouts against Boston College, Clemson and Duke.
The last time UNC opened a season with successive shutouts was 2010 when it blanked Texas A&M and Michigan State in the first two games of the campaign.
IN THE RANKINGS: After winning the 2012 NCAA championship, North Carolina entered the 2013 campaign ranked #1 in all three major polls - the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, the Top Drawer Soccer poll and the Soccer America poll.
The Tar Heels have remained in the No. 1 spot in all three regular-season polls.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR DUNN & OHAI: A pair of North Carolina seniors were named to the preseason All-America Team tapped by Soccer America Magazine and to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
On August 20, the pair of UNC veterans were both named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2013. A total of 31 women in NCAA Division I earned honors on the Watch List. Dunn won the Hermann Trophy in 2012, the first Tar Heel to do so since Catherin Reddick in 2003.
OHAI NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Thirty NCAA women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates August 21 for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Amongst the 30 women's candidates is Kealia Ohai, senior forward for the University of North Carolina and a Draper, Utah native.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women's College Cup® championship in December.
The 30-candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Since the award was instituted in 2007, North Carolina has had five finalists for the award, including Jessica Maxwell in 2007, Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009, Ali Hawkins in 2010 and Amber Brooks in 2012. Hawkins won the Senior CLASS Award in 2010.
UNC VERSUS NOTRE DAME IN HISTORY: Sunday will mark the 22nd meeting between UNC and Notre Dame. UNC leads the all-time series 14-5-2 and has won two in a row over the Fighting Irish.
Ironically, Carolina has had little success against the Irish at Fetzer Field as Notre Dame has won four of the previous six games played in Chapel Hill. Notre Dame's five wins against Carolina are the most by any college team versus the Tar Heels.
CAROLINA TAPPED TO WIN ACC TITLE: North Carolina, which returns eight starters from last season's NCAA Championship team, was selected to finish first in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll.
Coach Anson Dorrance's Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes in balloting among the ACC's 14 head coaches. Defending regular-season conference champion Florida State received the other first-place vote.
North Carolina collected a total of 119 total points (14 points for each first-place vote, 13 points for each second-place vote, etc.). FSU, which joined the Tar Heels in the 2012 NCAA College Cup, and 2012 ACC Tournament Champion Virginia were selected second and third, respectively. The Seminoles amassed 171 total points to the Cavaliers' 161. Duke (153 points), new ACC member Notre Dame (143) and Wake Forest (140) were selected to finish fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Maryland (110 points) placed seventh in the ACC's coaches' poll, while Boston College (102) placed eighth. Virginia Tech, one of a record nine ACC teams to compete in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, collected 85 points in the coaches' voting, followed by Clemson and Miami, which share a tie for 10th with 56 points each.
North Carolina's long list of returnees from last season's national championship squad team includes MAC Hermann Trophy winner and ACC Defensive Player of the Year Crystal Dunn, and 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players Kealia Ohai and Satara Murray.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER NAMES TWO TAR HEELS TO TOP XI TEAM: Senior midfielder Crystal Dunn and senior forward Kealia Ohai were named July 31 to the 2013 preseason Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Team. The first, second and third teams essentially serve as Top Drawer Soccer's preseason All-America Teams.
Dunn and Ohai were both post-season members of the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season in 2012 as Carolina won its 22nd national championship.
WCHL BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: For the third successive year, WCHL radio in Chapel Hill is partnering with UNC Athletics to bring live broadcasts of Carolina women's and men's soccer to Tar Heel fans. WCHL will air eight regular season women's games this fall as announced by Barry Leffler, CEO and Managing Partner of WCHL. Sunday's UNC-West Virginia game will be the first broadcast of the season on WCHL.
Games will be available on WCHL (97.9 FM and 1360 AM) in the Triangle and streamed live on the World Wide Web at chapelboro.com.
Paul Connell will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the broadcasts for the second straight year and will be joined by analyst John Stanley.
Altogether, eight regular-season women's games and two regular-season men's games are on the broadcast docket with possibilities for post-season broadcasts as well.
The women's broadcast schedule includes:
Sunday, Sept. 8, vs. West Virginia (at Durham, N.C.), 11 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6, vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10, vs. NC State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20, vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27, at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31, vs. Duke, 7 p.m.
FIVE TAR HEELS ON TDS PRESEASON TOP 100 LIST: Five members of the 2013 University of North Carolina women's soccer team have been named to the Top Drawer Soccer preseason Women's Top 100, ranking the top upperclassmen from 1 to 100.
Two UNC seniors were named to the Top 10 on the list with midfielder Crystal Dunn ranked No. 1 and forward Kealia Ohai ranked No. 7. Sophomore forward Summer Green is ranked No. 49, sophomore defender Hanna Gardner is ranked No. 59 and sophomore midfielder Katie Bowen is ranked No. 61. You can view the entirety of the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Women's Collegiate Top 100 at this link.
TELEVISION SCHEDULE FEATURES UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE : The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the fall sports broadcast schedule for 2013 and the University of North Carolina women's soccer team will appear six times in regular-season games on the ESPN family of networks. The defending NCAA champions could also appear twice in ACC Tournament post-season games if they advance to the semifinals and finals.
Carolina's home games with Notre Dame, Maryland, NC State and Duke will all be shown on ESPN3. The Maryland game on October 6 will also be shown on the league's regional sports networks (RSN) which include FOX Sports Carolina, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Indiana, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, YES, ROOT SPORTS and MSG. UNC road match at Pittsburgh will also be an ESPN3 telecast. The match at Florida State on September 18 will receive national TV coverage from ESPNU.
Several other UNC games will be webcast live on GoHeelsTV. Both games in the Carolina Nike Classic last weekend were shown on GoHeelsTV.
Carolina could also appear twice more on the ESPN Family of Networks in the ACC Tournament. The semifinal games will air on November 8 on ESPN3 and the championship game is November 10 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
All contests will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and AppleTV via WatchESPN.
Regular Season Games On TV or Webcast
Friday, Aug. 30, New Mexico at North Carolina, 5 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Sunday, Sept. 1, Kennesaw State at North Carolina, 3 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Friday, Sept. 6, North Carolina vs. UCLA, 8 p.m., Blue Devil Network
Sunday, Sept. 8, North Carolina vs. West Virginia, 11 a.m., Blue Devil Network
Sunday, Sept. 15, Notre Dame at North Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Wednesday, Sept. 18, North Carolina at Florida State, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Thursday, Sept. 26, North Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Sunday, Oct. 6, Maryland at North Carolina, 1 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Thursday, Oct. 10, NC State at North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Thursday, Oct. 17, Syracuse at North Carolina, 2 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Sunday, Oct. 20, Virginia at North Carolina, 1 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Thursday, Oct. 24, Clemson at North Carolina, 7 p.m., GoHeelsTV
Thursday, Oct. 31, Duke at North Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Potential Post Season Games For TV/Webcast
Friday, Nov. 8, ACC Tournament Semifinals, 5:30 and 8 p.m., ESPN3
Sunday, No. 10, ACC Tournament Final, 4 p.m., ESPNU
CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS: After a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on August 23, improved to 29-4-2 all-time in season openers with losses in 1983 (road), 2006 (road), 2007 (home) and 2012 (road) and ties in 1985 (home) and 2002 (road).
UNC IN HOME OPENERS: North Carolina has a record of 31-1-3 in home openers all-time. The only loss came to South Carolina 1-0 in 2007 and the ties were against George Mason in 1985, against Stanford in 2010 and against Florida in 2012.
THE ALL-TIME RECORD: UNC heads into its match against Notre Dame with a record of 750-49-29 overall, a winning percentage of .923.
AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR: UNC's average record per year in its 35 years of soccer is 21.43 wins per year, 1.40 losses per year and 0.83 ties per year.
FIFTEEN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAS SINCE 2005: UNC has had 16 selections for the Capital One Academic All-America first, second and third teams since 2005. Carolina also had seven women's soccer players named Academic All-Americas from 1983-2001, giving the program 23 selections since the Academic All-America program began in 1983. Following is a summary of the 16 selections from 2005-13.
- 2005 - Heather O'Reilly, second team; Lindsay Tarpley, third team.
- 2006 - Heather O'Reilly, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team; Yael Averbuch, third team.
- 2007 - Yael Averbuch, second team; Anna Rodenbough, second team.
- 2008 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Yael Averbuch, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team.
- 2009 - Kr
isti Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
SOCIAL MEDIA: You can follow match action on Twitter at @ncwomenssoccer (official feed) and @uncwomenssoccer (players feed).
Live stats for all Carolina matches will also be available on GoHeels.com.
UNC'S U20 WORLD CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS: When they won the gold medal at the 2012 U20 World Cup, Kealia Ohai, Crystal Dunn and Bryane Heaberlin continued the legacy of outstanding UNC players who have won championships at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cups since 2002. Carolina players have played key roles in all three tournament championships for the USA.
The U.S. beat Germany 1-0 in the final game in Tokyo. Ohai scored the game-winning goal in the match, Dunn had the game-winning assist and Heaberlin played all 90 minutes in goal, shutting out the German side.
In 2002, six Tar Heels were on the American roster - Lindsay Tarpley, Amy Steadman, Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly, Kendall Fletcher and Ashlyn Harris. All but Steadman started in the gold medal game for the U.S. against Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. Tarpley's goal in overtime on a rebound of her own saved shot lifted the U.S. to that title 1-0.
In 2008, a pair of UNC players - Nikki Washington and Meghan Klingenberg - started on the U.S. team which beat North Korea in the championship game on December 7, 2008 in Santiago, Chile. That same day, their UNC teammates defeated Notre Dame 2-1 to win the NCAA championship, their 20th national title, in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park.
SHUTOUTS ARE INFREQUENT: UNC's 1-0 loss to Virginia on October 28, 2012 was only the 34th time the Tar Heels have been shut out in their history. Altogether, UNC has played 828 matches since 1979. They have been blanked on the scoreboard in only 0.41 percent of the games they have played in. Carolina has suffered 24 shutout losses in its history. The Tar Heels have also played 10 scoreless ties in their history history.