Carolina is loaded with national team talent

2. North Carolina (19-4-1).
Last year: The Tar Heels captured their third straight ACC championship in 2007 -- and 19th in 21 years -- but fell to Notre Dame, 3-2, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year: North Carolina returns eight starters, including three players (Casey Nogueira, Nikki Washington and Meghan Klingenberg) on the U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying team.

JC transfer Jess McDonald was also on the U-20 team, while Olympian Tobin Heath is also eligible for the U-20 World Cup.

UNC also returns 2007 Soccer America MVP Yael Averbuch -- one of eight starters from its championship team of two years ago to return in 2008.

First Three Weeks
8/22 Charlotte
8/29 at Texas A&M (Texas A&M Tournament)
8/31 Tennessee (Texas A&M Tournament)
9/5 Notre Dame (Nike/Carolina Classic)
9/7 Kentucky (Nike/Carolina Classic)
Schedule

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