It was a busy and challenging week for the defending National Champion Men's Soccer team and Anson Dorrance's Women team. Both programs always get their opponents best shot and last week was no exception.
After a 4-0 start by the Tar Heels, the Men made their first road trip of the season. They traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia to face James Madison.
It was a penalty kick that did North Carolina in against the Dukes. The score came at the 42nd minute of the game as Jordan McCrary was called for the penalty inside the box. McCrary was given a yellow card on the play as well. The Dukes took advantage scoring on the penalty kick.
In the second half, the Heels came out much more aggressive but could not find the back of the net. Despite out shooting James Madison and more set piece opportunities in the second half, the Heels came up short and fell 1-0. It was the first loss since Davidson, last season.
Carolina returned to the friendly confines of Fetzer Field on Friday to face conference rival, Wake Forest. The two ACC teams battled through regulation and 2 Overtimes but neither team were able to score and the game finished in a 0-0 draw.
Neither team had an abundance of scoring chances early with solid defense and both teams playing possession games. Both goalies came up with 4 saves. Scott Goodwin made a big save late in the match deflecting a shot over the crossbar at the end of regulation. It is the third shutout for Goodwin of the season.
UNC's record is now 4-1-1. The updated National Rankings are released on Tuesday, and the Tar Heels will await to see if they are still top ranked.
*The Game with Davidson on Tuesday has been postponed due to severe weather in the Chapel Hill area.
With 6 games under their belt, North Carolina is led by Martin Murphy who has 4 goals and 8 pts. Andy Craven has 2 goals and 2 assists and 6 points while Danny Garcia has 4 assists and 4 points.
Scott Goodwin has only allowed 2 goals on the season with 15 saves.
North Carolina has out shot their opponents by a 71-44 margin. 12165 have attended the 5 home games at Fetzer Field thus far.
(photo -Martin Murphy)
The Carolina Women went on the road for two tough road games last week, visiting Maryland and Virginia. They came away with a draw and loss in the two games.
On Thursday, the Tar Heels went into College Park to face the Terrapins. They fell by a 2-1 score. The Terps have been Carolina's nemesis of late winning the last three meetings.
Maryland out shot Carolina 7-5 in the first half and held a 1-0 lead at halftime. Alex Reed scored at the 40 minute mark. The Terps added a second goal at the 54 minute mark as Hayley Brook scored. Carolina's only goal came at the 77 mark as Maria Lubrano scored on a penalty kick after being fouled in the box.
The Tar Heels tried to rebound at Virginia on Sunday. Kealia Ohai scored twice, including a goal at the 73 minute mark that tied the game up.
North Carolina out shot the Cavs in the game 16-11. They had 8 corner kicks to Virginia's 2 but were only able to manage a 2-2 draw after 2 overtimes.
Carolina returns home to face Virginia Tech on Thursday looking for their first conference win. They will bring a 4-2-2 record into the match.
Summer Green leads the Tar Heels with 5 goals and 12 points while Maria Lubrano has 3 goals on the season. Amber Brooks has chipped in with 2 goals.
(photo of Anson Dorrance courtesy of Jarrett Campbell)