TAR HEELS & BRUINS ADVANCE TO NCAA QUARTERFINAL ROUND FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON MATCHUP: The University of North Carolina women's soccer program has received the honor of hosting a quarterfinal round game in the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at Fetzer Field.
The fifth-ranked Tar Heels will match up against the second-ranked UCLA Bruins in the NCAA quarterfinals. The two teams advanced to the quarterfinal round after third-round advancements last Sunday. The Bruins advanced with a 2-0 home victory over Pac 12 Conference foe Stanford while the Tar Heels moved on with a 2-0 triumph over Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Texas A&M
Tickets Saturday will all be general admission and priced at $8 for adults, $5 for students (aged seven through college) and senior citizens (55 plus) and $3 for groups of 20 or more. Ages six and under will be admitted free of charge.
The first 150 UNC students who present their UNC One Cards at the Fetzer Field gates will receive complimentary admission to the match.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the GoHeels.com Ticket Center. On Saturday, tickets will be available at the Carmichael Arena ticket office beginning at 4 p.m.
MEDIA COVERAGE FOR SATURDAY'S MATCH: North Carolina's NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match against UCLA Saturday afternoon will receive the full treatment media wise as the game will be webcast live on GoHeelsTV, broadcast live on WCHL Radio (with full streaming on ChapelBoro.com) and live stats on GoHeels.com.
The game will be webcast live on GoHeelsTV beginning at 5 p.m. with Kyle Straub handling the play by play and Matt Bachman providing color analysis of the match.
The match will be broadcast live in the Triangle on WCHL Radio and streamed on the World Wide Web at Chapelboro.com. Paul Connell will be the play-by-play voice of the WCHL broadcast with Anna Rodenbough, starting goalkeeper on a pair of NCAA championship teams for the Tar Heels, serving as the color analyst.
Live stats for the game will be provided courtesy of CBSSports.com Gametracker, the premier live stats portal in the college game. Check on GoHeels.com for the live stats link beginning at 4:30 p.m.
TAR HEELS CONTINUE HUNT FOR NCAA TITLE SATURDAY: The University of North Carolina women's soccer team will continue the defense of its 2012 NCAA championship Saturday when the Tar Heels play host to UCLA at Fetzer Field. Game time is 5 p.m.
The matchup between the Tar Heels (20-4) and the Bruins (20-1-2) was set up after both teams advanced through the NCAA Tournament third round games last Sunday.
Coach Anson Dorrance's Tar Heels enter the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal with a record of 20-4 after earning an at-large invitation to the tournament. Carolina is the only school in the nation to have qualified for all 32 NCAA Tournaments since the initial event was held in 1982. UCLA, whose only loss this season is to the Tar Heels, received the automatic bid from the Pacific 12 Conference.
A 20-WIN SEASON FOR THE TAR HEELS: With a 2-0 win over Texas A&M on November 24, Carolina notched its 20th triumph of the 2013 season. UNC reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 2009 campaign when the Tar Heels won the national championship with a 23-3-1 mark.
Carolina has now won 20 or more matches in a season for the 26th time in its 35-year varsity history.
ONE OF THE FOUR NO. 1 SEEDS: North Carolina received one of the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 seeds for the first time since 2010. The Tar Heels are one of four ACC teams to earn No. 1 seeds in this year's tournament.
Virginia came into the championship as the overall No 1 seed with Florida State the overall No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech the overall No. 3 seed and North Carolina the overall No. 4 seed.
The No. 2 seeds in order were UCLA, Florida, Nebraska and Marquette. Through two games in the tournament, the only remaining No. 2 seed was UCLA in Carolina's bracket. All the other No. 2 seeds had already been defeated.
All four top seeds advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals with one No. 2 seed, one No. 3 seed and two unseeded teams also making the Round of 8.
Only eight of the 16 seeded teams in the tournament were still alive after two games. All eight ACC teams remained in the tournament field after two games and six in total made it to the final eight.
Last season, UNC was a No. 2 seed (the overall Top 2 seed in the bracket) and upset three No. 1 seeds (BYU, Stanford and Penn State in that order) in the quarterfinal through championship rounds to claim its 21st NCAA championship.
CAROLINA AS A SEEDED TEAM: In 32 NCAA Tournaments appearances, Carolina has received an overall Top 4 seed on 29 of the 32 occasions. In 2013, regained status as one of the four top seeds in the overall bracket for the first time since 2010.
On only three previous occasions has Carolina been seeded outside of the Top 16 squads in the bracket.
UNC was the overall No. 5 seed in 2000 but ended up winning the national championship. In 2005, the tournament went to its current structure with four brackets of 16 teams (for a total of 64) with four seeded teams in each part of the overall bracket. UNC was a No. 3 seed in 2011 (reached the NCAA third round) and a No. 2 seed in 2012 (won the national championship).
The Tar Heels have been the tournament's No. 1 overall seed on 17 occasions - in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Thirteen of Carolina's 21 NCAA championships happened when the Tar Heels were the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
A ROUND OF 16 VICTORY: Carolina garnered its first win in an NCAA Round of 16 matchup since 2009 when it beat Texas A&M last Sunday in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels had been 0-1-2 in the previous three years in the Round of 16. Notre Dame beat the Tar Heels 4-1 in the NCAA third round in 2010. Carolina tied UCF in 2011 (failed to advance on penalty kicks 4-5) and tied Baylor in 2012 (advanced on penalty kicks 4-2). Prior to beating Texas A&M last Sunday, UNC's last NCAA Round of 16 win came against Maryland on November 21, 2009, a 1-0 victory for the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
Carolina has lost only eight NCAA Tournament matches in history dating back to 1982. Three of those losses have come in the Round of 16, two of them in the NCAA semifinals and three of them in NCAA championship games. Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to at least 16 teams in 1993, UNC is 16-3-2 in NCAA Round of 16 matches, losing only to Santa Clara in 2004 and to Notre Dame in both 2007 and 2010.
In addition to just eight NCAA Tournament losses, UNC has three ties in its history. On those three instances, Carolina advanced once on penalty kicks (2012) and failed to advance twice (2005 & 2011).
FINAL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS: After a 2-1 overtime loss in the ACC Tournament semifinals on November 8 against Florida State, North Carolina finished the regular-season ranked fifth in all three major national polls. UNC is No. 5 in the NSCAA coaches poll, No. 5 in the Soccer America poll and No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Virginia was ranked No. 1 in the final NSCAA poll while ACC Tournament champion Florida State was ranked first by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer.
Carolina's opponent on Saturday, UCLA, the most underseeded team in the NCAA Tournament field, is ranked second currently by the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer.
FOLLOW CAROLINA WOMEN'S SOCCER ON TWITTER: Fans will also be able to follow the Saturday's NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game through Twitter updates at @ncwomenssoccer and @uncwomenssoccer.
CAROLINA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: North Carolina is currently participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history. Carolina is the only school in the nation to have appeared in each of the 32 tournament fields.
Carolina has won 21 of the previous 31 NCAA Tournament crowns. Overall, UNC has an NCAA Tournament record of 118-8-3, a winning percentage of .926. UNC has won at least two games in every NCAA Tournament it has ever played in. The Tar Heels have played in 26 NCAA College Cups in the previous 31 years.
In addition to 21 NCAA championships, UNC has finished second three times and third on another two occasions. UNC is 24-2 all-time in NCAA semifinal games and 21-3 overall in NCAA championship games.
UNC has reached at least the NCAA Round of 16 (currently the third round in a 64-team bracket) in every tournament played to date. Only four times (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011) have the Tar Heels failed to advance to at least the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round.
Heading into Saturday's game against UCLA, in 27 previous NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances, UNC has an astounding record of 26-0-1. UNC is 25-0-1 in NCAA quarterfinal games played in Chapel Hill, tying Florida State 1-1 in 2005 but falling 5-4 in the penalty kick phase.
CAROLINA VERSUS UCLA: North Carolina leads the all-time series with UCLA 9-0. That includes a 4-0 mark against the Bruins in NCAA Tournament games. The two teams played in the 2000 NCAA Tournament championship game and also met in NCAA Tournament semifinal matches in 2003, 2006 and 2008.
The two teams met earlier this year with the Tar Heels winning 1-0 on September 6, 2013 at the Duke Nike Classic. However, the Bruins have not lost since then and it's possible that three Tar Heels who started in that game - forward Alexa Newfield, midfielder Crystal Dunn and defender Caitlin Ball - will not play in the rematch. The Tar Heels outshot the Bruins 23-6 in the earlier meeting but needed a goal by Crystal Dunn in the 80th minute to pull out the win over the Bruins.
DUNN NAMED ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 in a vote of the conference's head coaches. The vote was announced November 7.
Dunn is the first player in conference history to earn both defensive and offensive player of the year honors during her career. Dunn was the ACC defensive player of the year in both 2010 and 2012.
Dunn is only the second player in ACC history to be named a conference player of the year on three occasions. Mia Hamm won the award three times (1990, 1992, 1993) when there was only an overall player of the year in the league (the awards were split by the league into offensive and defensive awards in 2004).
Both Dunn and Hamm wore the #19 uniform number at Carolina.
ACC AWARDS FOR THE TAR HEELS: North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn and North Carolina senior forward Kealia Ohai were both named first-team All-ACC in 2013. Sophomore forward Summer Green was named third-team All-ACC while freshman forward Amber Munerlyn was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Dunn was named first-team All-ACC during each of her four years at Carolina. Ohai was a first-team All-ACC selection on three occasions (2010, 2012, 2013) as well as being named to the All-ACC second team in 2011.
14 GOALS FOR DUNN: Crystal Dunn's 14 goals in 2013 are the most for a Tar Heel in a single season since Kealia Ohai tallied 14 goals for the Tar Heels in 2010. Dunn has missed four games out of UNC's total of 24 this season. She missed two games because of duty with the U.S. National Team and two games because of injury.
OHAI REACHES DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALS: Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals for Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Liberty and another goal in the NCAA Tournament second round against Indiana.
That gives her 11 goals for the season. This is the second time in her career that Ohai has reached double digits in goals in a season. She had 14 as a freshman in 2010.
The goal against the Hoosiers give Ohai 40 goals in her career.
SUMMER HEATS UP: Over the past 10 matches, UNC sophomore forward Summer Green has seen her scoring production pick up. She has five goals and five assists for 15 points in the past 10 contests.
In the first 14 games of the season Green had four goals and one assist.
Her recent surge is reminiscent of her play in the first five games of her freshman year when she had five goals and two assists before departing to play with the U.S. Under 17 National Team at the World Cup.
DEALING WITH DUNN'S INJURIES: Carolina has gone 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament and outscored its opponents 10-0 so far while dealing with injuries to the reigning Hermann Trophy winner, senior midfielder Crystal Dunn.
Dunn's status for the UCLA game is unknown at this point in time after she suffered a leg injury 19 minutes into the Tar Heels' 2-0 NCAA Tournament win over Texas A&M in the NCAA third round.
Dunn also sat out two Carolina games after suffering a hamstring injury in practice on November 5. She returned to the Tar Heel lineup against Indiana in the NCAA Tournament second round on November 22. She made her presence felt almost immediately, scoring the game-winning goal in the 38th minute less than four minutes after entering the contest. She also assisted on Amber Munerlyn's goal just minutes into the second half that gave the Tar Heels separation in their eventual 4-0 win over the Hoosiers.
Dunn missed Carolina's 2-1 overtime loss against Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals November 8 and the Tar Heels' 4-0 win over Liberty in the NCAA first round on November 16. Those were only the second and third games in Dunn's career that she missed due to injury. The other occasion was against Wake Forest in the 2010 ACC Tournament semifinals, a 1-1 overtime tie. She has also missed nine other games in her career due to national team duties. In those nine games, UNC went 6-2-1.
Ohai has played in 85 career games, missing only six games in her junior season while she played on the U.S. U20 National Team that won the gold medal at that year's World Cup in Japan. Ohai has started 83 of the 85 games she has played in during her career at Carolina.
Ohai moved into the starting lineup on August 27, 2010 versus Stanford in the first home game of her freshman year. She came off the bench in her first two career games against Texas A&M and Michigan State. Her starting assignment versus UCLA on Saturday will be her 83rd in a row.
Senior midfielder Kelly McFarlane has played in EVERY Tar Heel game over the past four seasons. She has never missed a game due to injury. She has now played in 91 career games.
Ohai and McFarlane are also the only two Tar Heels to have started all 24 games during the 2013 season.
2013 SHUTOUTS: Carolina has posted 15 shutouts in its first 24 games of the 2013 season.
Carolina is ranked 12th out of 323 NCAA Division I teams in shutout percentage at 0.625. The Tar Heels as a team are also eighth in the NCAA in goals against average at 0.498 goals per game.
The Tar Heel defense is anchored by starting goalkeeper Anna Sieloff and her cheif backup Bryane Heaberlin as well as by a quintet of rotating starting defenders, which have included during the course of the season senior Megan Brigman, juniors Caitlin Ball and Satara Murray and sophomores Hanna Gardner and Katie Bowen. Holding midfielders Kelly McFarlane and Brooke Elby have also been outstanding all season for the Tar Heels.
SIELOFF"S PLAY IN GOAL: Heading into this week's play, senior goalkeeper Anna Sieloff ranked sixth in the nation in goals against average at 0.422. Sieloff will be making her fourth start in an NCAA Tournament game Saturday versus UCLA. This will be her eighth NCAA Tournament game appearance overall. She has allowed a mere six goals in 1,281 minutes this season and two of those six were own goals. She has a 12-1 goalkeeper record and has started 14 of UNC's 24 matches this season.
JUST TWICE SINCE 1986: Carolina's 2-0 setback against Virginia on October 20 of this season marked only the second loss for the Tar Heels by a margin of more than one goal in 690 games.
That streak traced back to the opening game of the 1986 season. Carolina's only other loss since that time by a margin of greater than a goal came on November 20, 2010 when the Tar Heels lost 4-1 at Fetzer Field against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament third round.
Heading into the UCLA game Saturday, Carolina has lost just two games by a margin greater than a goal in the past 698 matches.
IT'S ALL ABOUT SCORING (AND WELL DEFENDING TOO): Since the start of the 2006 campaign on August 25, 2006 at Texas A&M, North Carolina has scored at least one goal in 179 of the past 198 games.
Carolina is 161-10-8 in games in which it has scored at least one goal during that time. Over the same period of time, UNC is 0-16-3 in the 19 games in which it has failed to score.
In those 198 contests, UNC has shutout its opponents 108 times and gone 105-0-3 in those games.
DID YOU KNOW...: North Carolina would have to lose its next 710 games in a row for Head Coach Anson Dorrance to have a .500 coaching winning percentage in his career at the helm of the Tar Heels.
UNC enters this Saturday's game against UCLA with an all-time record of 763-53-29. Dorrance has coached the Tar Heels in all 845 of their games.
DID YOU KNOW, PART 2...: When North Carolina lost to Notre Dame 1-0 on September 15 and to Florida State 1-0 on September 18, it marked the first time since October 16, 1982 and October 17, 1982 that the Tar Heels had lost back-to-back games in regulation time.
The Tar Heels lost to Missouri-St. Louis 2-1 on October 16, 1982 and to Cortland State 2-1 on October 17, 1982 with both games being played at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
It took another 31 years for the Tar Heels to lose back-to-back games in regulation time.
OHAI NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Thirty NCAA women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates on August 21 for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Amongst the 30 women's candidates was Kealia Ohai, senior forward for the University of North Carolina and a Draper, Utah native.
On October 15, Ohai was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2013 award. She is the sixth Tar Heel in the seven years of the award to be named a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
The other Tar Heels so designated were 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.
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.
Ballots were distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS: After a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on August 23 of this season, UNC 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 UCLA with a record of 763-53-29 overall, a winning percentage of .920.
AVERAGE RECORD PER YEAR: UNC's average record per year in its 35 years of soccer is 21.80 wins per year, 1.51 losses per year and 0.83 ties per year.
SHUTOUTS ARE INFREQUENT: UNC's 2-0 loss to Virginia on October 20, 2013 was only the 37th time the Tar Heels have been shut out in their history. Altogether, UNC has played 845 matches since 1979. They have been blanked on the scoreboard in only 4.4 percent of the games they have played in. Carolina has suffered 27 shutout losses in its history. The Tar Heels have also played 10 scoreless ties in their history history.
TAR HEELS GARNER 750TH PROGRAM WIN: North Carolina earned the 750th victory in program history when the Tar Heels defeated Virginia Tech 2-1 on September 12, 2013 in Blacksburg, Va. With the win, UNC opened the ACC portion of its schedule with a victory for only the second time in the last four years. In addition, it was Carolina's first victory at Blacksburg since 2007 and a significant win in UNC's 2013 RPI profile as the Hokies went on to earn a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed.
With the program having now achieved the milestone of getting more than 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.
The Hall of Fame Tar Heel coach also won 172 games as the coach of UNC's men's team from 1977-88.
Dorrance heads into the UCLA game with 763 wins as the women's head coach and 935 victories at the Division I overall.
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.
OHAI'S CAREER NUMBERS: Kealia Ohai has recorded 106 points in her Tar Heel career heading into the UCLA game. With an assist on a goal by Meg Morris in the ACC Tournament semifinals against Florida State on November 8, Ohai became the 27th player in UNC history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Her 106 career points place her 23rd in Carolina history in career points.
Ohai has scored 40 goals in her career. That equals the 19th highest total in UNC history. Rakel Karvelsson (1995-98) also scored 40 goals in her career.
DUNN'S CAREER NUMBERS: Crystal Dunn has scored 31 goals in her Tar Heel career heading into Saturday. That equals the 31st highest total in UNC history (tied with Jo Boobas 1983-86 and Anne Morrell 2001-04). Dunn is tied for 41st in UNC history in career points with 87 (Betsy Johnson also had 87 from 1982-85).
Both Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn have moved into the Top 45 in career assists at Carolina. Ohai is 43rd with 26 career assists and Dunn is tied for 45th with Birthe Hegstad (1985-88) and Stephanie Zeh (1981-82) in career assists with 25.
30 GOALS, 20 ASSISTS: North Carolina is one of just three schools in the country, joining Ole Miss and Denver, to have a pair of players with both 30 career goals and 20 career assists. Altogether, there are 22 players in the NCAA Division I ranks who have achieved that milestone.
Ohai enters Saturday's game with 40 goals and 26 assists for 106 career points while Dunn has 31 goals and 25 assists for 87 career points.
17 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAS SINCE 2005: This past Tuesday, UNC junior defender Caitlin Ball of Chapel Hill, N.C. was chosen as a first-team Academic All-America by Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America.
UNC has had now had 17 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. Academic All-Americas were chosen for women's soccer in an at-large pool from 1983-2004. In 2005, a specific women's soccer academic All-America Team was selected by Capital One and CoSIDA.
Following is a summary of the 24 selections since 1983.
- 1983 - Lauren Gregg, third team.
- 1985 - Beth Huber, second team.
- 1993 - Shelley Finger, second team.
- 1994 - Shelley Finger, first team.
- 1998 - Cindy Parlow, first team.
- 2000 - Lindsay Stoecker, second team.
- 2001 - Kristin DePlatchett, first team.
- 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 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
- 2011 - Adelaide Gay, first team; Amber Brooks, second team.
- 2012 - Amber Brooks, first team.
- 2013 - Caitlin Ball, first team.
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 in 2012. 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 19th NCAA title, in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park.
TAR HEELS IN THE ACC: Parity arrived in the Atlantic Coast Conference years and years ago and yet the Tar Heels finished the 2013 campaign still having lost only 21 ACC regular-season games since league play began in 1987. The Tar Heels are 169-21-6 all-time in ACC regular-season matches.
UNC has averaged just 0.78 ACC regular-season losses a year in the 27 years of league play.
When North Carolina dropped back-to-back 1-0 decisions against Notre Dame and Florida State on September 18 and September 21, it marked only the fourth time in school history that UNC had lost successive regular-season conference games.
The other three occasions were October 23, 2011 at Virginia Tech (0-1) and October 27, 2011 at Maryland (1-2 in overtime); October 22, 2009 at Florida State (2-3 in two overtimes) and October 25, 2009 at Miami (0-1); and October 17, 2000 at Florida State (2-3 in double overtime) and October 27, 2000 at Wake Forest (0-1).
Remarkably, in three of the past four seasons, including this year, UNC had a losing record in ACC play at one point in the season. The Tar Heels started the 2010 season 0-1 in the ACC, the 2012 season 1-2-1 in the ACC and the 2013 season 1-2 in the ACC. The only other time in history when UNC had a losing record in ACC regular-season play in its history was 2002 when the Tar Heels lost their season opener to NC State.
FIRST OVERTIME GAME OF THE YEAR: North Carolina did not play an overtime game this year until its 18th contest. That all changed when the Tar Heels won at Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime on October 27 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The last time Carolina had played as many as 17 successive matches without going to overtime was from August 27, 2006 to November 3, 2006 when the Heels played 20 straight matches without going to overtime.
The Tar Heels have played two overtime games this year, winning at Wake Forest and losing to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
HOLDING THE ORANGE WITHOUT A SHOT: In a 1-0 win over Syracuse on October 17, UNC held the Orange without a shot in the game.
That was the first time since November 13, 2009 that Carolina had held an opponent without a shot. In that game, UNC defeated High Point 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
TAR HEELS PLAY A CADRE OF RANKED TEAMS: Defending NCAA champion North Carolina has played 11 nationally-ranked teams in the first 24 games of the season as the Tar Heels continue to compete annually against one of the top schedules in the nation.
So far this season, Carolina has played #9 Santa Clara on August 23, #2 UCLA on September 6, #9 West Virginia on September 8, #22 Virginia Tech on September 12, #8 Notre Dame on September 15, #3 Florida State on September 18, #1 Virginia on October 20, #19 Wake Forest on October 27, #25 Duke on October 31, #3 Florida State on November 8 and #13 Texas A&M on November 24.
Second-ranked UCLA will be the 12th nationally-ranked opponent Carolina has played when the two teams meet in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday.
CRYSTAL'S HAT TRICK: North Carolina defeated Miami 4-0 on September 22 behind an incredible individual performance by senior midfielder Crystal Dunn, who recorded the first three-goal game of her collegiate career. Dunn's hat trick was the first by a Tar Heel player since Courtney Jones scored three times in a 5-3 victory at Duke on October 28, 2010.
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 earlier this year. 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.
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 & GREEN: When Crystal Dunn scored two goals against NC State on October 10, it marked the sixth time in her career she has tallied two or more goals in a game. She also had two-goal efforts against Boston College on September 23, 2010, against James Madison on November 14, 2010, against BYU on November 23, 2012 and against Santa Clara on August 23, 2013. She had her lone career hat trick earlier this year in UNC's 4-0 win at Miami.
Kealia Ohai's two-goal performance against Liberty on November 16 marked the sixth time in her career 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, against NC State on October 25, 2012 and against VCU on August 25, 2013.
Sophomore forward Summer Green has three multi-goal games in her career - two in her freshman year and mostly recently against Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament third round.
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 Crystal Dunn 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.
OHAI NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK OCTOBER 29: North Carolina senior forward Kealia Ohai and Virginia sophomore defender Emily Sonnett were named the ACC Women's Soccer Co-Players of the Week, as announced October 29 by the league office. The honor is the first in both Ohai's and Sonnett's careers.
Ohai scored a goal in each game last week for the Tar Heels, who secured a top four seed in the upcoming ACC Women's Soccer Championship. Ohai provided the insurance goal in a 2-0 defeat of Clemson, and struck for the game-winner the 97:14 mark in North Carolina's win at No. 19/22 Wake Forest. The win over the Demon Deacons marked the first for UNC since the 2010 season.
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.
Carolina's Hanna Gardner, a sophomore defender, was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week November 5 after Carolina posted shutout wins over Duke and Boston College.
This past Tuesday a pair of Tar Heel defensive stalwarts - senior goalkeeper Anna Sieloff and senior defender Megan Brigman - were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after the Tar Heels posted back-to-back NCAA Tournament shutouts against Indiana and Texas A&M
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 Catherine Reddick in 2003.
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.
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.