Fall Sports Return
As the school year starts, so do the Fall sports at the University of North Carolina. And of course that means Soccer, a sport they have seen frequent success. No surprise, both Mens and Women's teams are ranked.
North Carolina's Men squad is ranked number one in the Country, while the Women stand at number 14. Here is a look at what has taken place in Fall Sports thus far.
The defending National Champions opened the season against Gardner-Webb on Saturday and picked up where they left off with an impressive 4-0 victory at Fetzer Field.
Andy Craven scored the first goal of the season setting the tone for the Tar Heels. His unassisted goal came at the 2:44 minute coming off of a blocked shot from 22 yards away.
The Tar Heels got three goals late. The first at the 66 minute mark by Jordan Gafa, followed by a Chipper Root goal at the 71 minute mark. The last of the goals came at 88 minutes on a penalty kick by David Walden. Danny Garcia assisted on two of the goals.
The Carolina defense was strong as Goaltender Scott Goodwin faced no shots on goals and recorded no saves in the match.
The Tar Heels, honored Tar Heel legend, Kirk Urso in the game. Urso died of natural causes over the summer at the age of 22. He was a member of the Columbus Crew. Players wore his number 3 and the number was painted on the Field.
Carolina will be in action next on Friday, when they host West Virginia from Fetzer Field.
The Carolina Women dropped the season opener against Portland last week before returning to Chapel Hill to host Florida. Ellen Parker of Portland scored the only goal of the game as host Portland defeated the Tar Heels 1-0 from Portland.
It is the first time in history that Portland has defeated North Carolina, in 10 tries. It is only the third time that Carolina has lost a season opener in Womens Soccer.
The Tar Heels had 7 corner kicks but could not cash in on any.
Carolina returned home to Fetzer Field and hosted 20th ranked Florida on Friday. The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie.
4125 fans showed up for the opener as part of the Carolina Nike Classic. Despite out shooting the Gators by an 11-8 margin, the Tar Heels could not find the back of the net.
Amber Brooks had the best opportunity for North Carolina at the 27 minute mark but her shoot bounced off the right post.
The game went to overtime where both teams seemed to step up a notch, scrambling and scrapping for everything. It appeared that North Carolina had the game winner at the 99:22 mark when Maria Lubrano scored but was ruled offside.
It was the Tar Heels 800th game of their Women's Soccer program. A program that has set the gold standard in Women's Collegiate Soccer.
After an exhibition against The University of Montreal, Carolina will travel to Notre Dame, Indiana on Friday to participate in the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational. They will face Connecticut on Friday and Notre Dame next Sunday.
The 2nd ranked Tar Heels won two games over the weekend in dominate fashion. On Saturday, they defeated Michigan 5-1, followed by a 5-0 victory over Iowa on Sunday. They go to 2-0 on the young season.
Against 10th ranked Michigan, the Tar Heels exploded offensively out shooting the Wolverines by a 21-2 margin. 4 different Tar Heels scored in the game. Caitlin Van Sickle, Emma Bozek, Marta Malmberg scored once while Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany scored twice on the day.
On Sunday, once again North Carolina came up with 5 goals. Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany had two more goals to lead the Tar Heels. Carolina defeated 12th ranked Iowa 5-0 on Sunday.
Next up for North Carolina is 7th ranked Syracuse on Saturday from Ithaca, New York. On Sunday, they will face Cornell.
The Tar Heel Volleyball played three matches over the weekend and won 2 of 3. They fell to Kentucky 0-3, while defeating Long Beach State 3-2 and Lipscomb 3-0. All matches were played in Lexington, Kentucky
The Wildcats areranked 13th in the Country.
Carolina will be in action next on Friday at Santa Clara, followed by matches against Utah and UC-Davis next weekend from Davis, Ca.
ESPN.com named the North Carolina basketball program the best of the last 50 years. Using a statistical formula, the network came up with the rankings. UCLA was second in their rankings followed by Kentucky, Duke and Kansas.
Over the last 50 years, the Tar Heels have won 4 NCAA championships (1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009), an NIT title, 27 regular-season ACC championships and 16 ACC Tournament titles and have finished in the Top 10 in the final Associated Press poll 31 times during the timeframe.
In other basketball news, North Carolina will play an 18 game ACC Schedule for the first time this upcoming season. They will begin conference play with a road game at Virginia. Carolina will play home and away against Duke, N.C. State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami and Virginia. Will have home games against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and road games against Clemson and Boston College.