CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina will wrap up its 2014 regular season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Towson in a non-conference game in Kenan Stadium. The contest will be the final scheduled home appearance for seniors Cassie Ballard, Abbey Friend, Taylor George, Paige Hanson, Sloane Serpe and Zoe Skinner.
The Tar Heels are playing their second consecutive game in Kenan Stadium, home of the football Tar Heels, while Fetzer Field and Belk Track host this weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships.
Ballard is a decorated product of the Carolina Leadership Academy and member of the 2013 NCAA championship team as a backup defender.
Friend earned All-America honors last year and is likely to do so again in 2014, as she is a Tewaaraton Award and national player of the year candidate. Friend ranks second in UNC history in both goals and points.
George is a third-year starter in the midfield, a team leader and once again among Carolina's top scorers and playmakers this spring.
Hanson won the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award as the player at the NCAA semifinals with the highest grade point average and will graduate from UNC with honors next month.
Serpe is already a two-time All-America who should earn the honors for a third time this spring at her defender spot. She is a Tewaaraton candidate and favorite to earn All-ACC honors for a third time later this month.
Skinner is one of the most decorated athletes in recent UNC history in any sport in terms of her community service. She was the winner of the 2013 Yeardley Love Award for her community service, leadership and selflessness on and off the field and is a recipient of the ACC's Top Six for Service Award.
In addition to the above six Tar Heels making their final regular season home appearances before graduating, Brittney Coppa and Margaret Corzel also will be honored as former members of the class of 2014.
Coppa tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in January and will return to the Tar Heels next year as a fifth-year senior. She earned All-America honors last year after assisting on the game-winning goal in the third overtime of the NCAA championship game.
Corzel is a redshirt junior this spring who also is scheduled to return for a fifth year in 2015 after a knee injury cost her the 2012 season. Corzel grabbed preseason All-America honors this year and is a second-year team captain.
On Saturday, the Tar Heels will aim to regain some momentum entering next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament after losing three of their last four games against stiff competition. The ACC Tournament, featuring eight teams for the first time, will begin next Thursday in Newton, Mass., hosted by Boston College.