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
) 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
8/29 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