With a week until postseason play, both the Men's and Women's Soccer teams prepare for the stretch run. The Men hope to defend their National Championship while the Women look to return. Both teams enter the week coming off of tough losses.
It was a classic battle for the Men on Friday night falling to top ranked Maryland 1-0 in overtime. The loss broke a 7 game winning streak for the nations 2nd ranked team. With the loss, the Tar Heels fell to 11-1-1 on the season. The winning goal was the first against North Carolina in almost 500 minutes of play, highlighting the team's success of late and why defending their Championship is certainly possible.
Scott Goodwin has been dominating in the goal but faced a shooting gallery against the Terps on Friday. Goodwin recorded 8 saves in the game as Maryland out shot the Tar Heels 16-6.
Schillo Tshuma scored the game winning goal at the 98 minute mark for the Terps. Earlier, Rob Lovejoy had a penalty kick with a chance to put Carolina up late in the 2nd half, but Terrapin goaltender, Keith Cardona stopped the shot.
At 4-1-1, the Tar Heels are second in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind Maryland. They have games remaining against Campbell, N.C. State and Boston College before starting ACC Championship play.
The Women are ranked 10th in the nation entering the final week of regular season. At 5-3-1 in the conference, they sit tied with Virginia at 5th in league play with 16 points.
After winning 4 straight games, North Carolina lost to Wake Forest on Sunday 2-1. After falling down 2-0, Summer Green registered the only Tar Heel goal in the game. Despite out shooting the Deacs 8-4, they could not equalize the score.
North Carolina has a regular season game with North Carolina State before entering the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.
The Tar Heels have shown the ability to score big with a 6 goal effort against Miami and a 4 goal game against Clemson down the stretch. They are 8-3-2 entering the final week of regular season.
Both the Men's and Women's teams are not unfamiliar with late season runs and look to enter the ACC Tournament playing their best soccer.
(photo of Scott Goodwin courtesy of MLSSoccer.com)