Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The positive side of Carolina's slump ...
by Paul Kennedy, November 11th, 2011 7:30PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college women

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S PREVIEW] For North Carolina faithful, the positive side to the Tar Heels' 1-0 loss to Florida State in the ACC quarterfinals -- its first loss ever in the ACC championship and third straight defeat, another first -- is that they got an extra week to prepare for the NCAA Tournament, which begins Saturday against William & Mary.

“We’ve never had this opportunity to train for an extended period before the NCAA tournament,” UNC coach Anson Dorrance told the Daily Tar Heel. “So it’s allowed us to get a bit healthier and a bit fitter.”

Injuries have hurt Carolina, especially in the back, where Dorrance has been starting two walk-ons, Megan Brickman and Caitlin Ball.

Meg Morris
and Satara Murray are back in he starting lineup, but Rachel Wood was limited to 15 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Florida State.

Because of injury and fitness concerns, Dorrance abandoned his favored 3-4-3 formation, and the Tar Heels have started in the 4-2-3-1 system in nine straight games and allowed only five goals during that stretch.

Dorrance used the break in the schedule to get in some extra conditioning work and have his players work on their finishing.

North Carolina enters the game with an all-time record of 108-8-1 in NCAA Tournament play and has never lost in 29 first-round games, but William & Mary (No. 14) is ranked higher than North Carolina (No. 18) in the Soccer America Top 25.

The Tribe won the CAA title to improve to 17-2-2. It is led by CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaffer, who ranks eighth in the country with 17 goals and 12th in the nation in total points with 40.

Sophomore Dani Rutter has also been fantastic this season, ranking 11th in the country with 11 assists.

First-Team All-CAA pick Cortlyn Bristol, freshman Emory Camper and Rutter all have seven goals --  more than any Carolina player.

Kealia Ohai
is UNC's top scorer with only six goals.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Seahawks extend longest win streak since 1998    
[UNC WILMINGTON-NORTH CAROLINA Men] Jamie Dell scored twice, including the game-winner in the 80th minute, as ...
Hoosiers respond quickly after fast Kristo goal    
[INDIANA-SAINT LOUIS: Men] No. 12 Indiana gave up a goal to Robert Kristo from 35 yards ...
Notre Dame, UC Irvine and Davidson top RPI rankings    
[MEN'S SOCCER] Defending champion Notre Dame is No. 1 in the initial NCAA Division I Men's ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] On Thursday, California and Washington open play in Pac-12 men's action. For listings of ...
Orange soccer no longer an afterthought    
[SYRACUSE: Men] Syracuse came into the ACC in 2013 with a reputation as a basketball and ...
Brynjarsdottir is difference for Seminoles    
[FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA: Women] An early blast by Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, her seventh goal of the ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] After suffering its first loss of the season on Thursday, No. 3 Virginia Tech ...
No. 1 Bruins fall to Toreros as offense stalls    
[SAN DIEGO-UCLA: Men] Defender Patrick Zimmer, a German transfer from Division II West Florida, scored in ...
Sun Devils 'bummed' about only holding No. 1 Bruins to tie    
[ARIZONA STATE-UCLA: Women] No. 1 UCLA trailed for the first time this but came back to ...
Utes show what is possible in holding Cardinal even    
[UTAH-STANFORD: Women] No. 4 Stanford allowed a goal for the first time this season, and it ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives