Women’s Soccer Hosts Notre Dame Sunday At 1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Hosts Notre Dame Sunday At 1 p.m.

• Carolina hosts 15th-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday, October 24, in the Tar Heels’ final regular-season home match. Gametime is 1 p.m. at Dorrance Field.

• Six Tar Heel seniors will be honored prior to the game – Brooke Bingham, Claudia Dickey, Rachael Dorwart, Rachel Jones, Mary Elliott McCabe and Carly Wetzel.

• The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra (Matt Krause, Megan O’Keefe).

• Neither team has a win in their last two starts. The Tar Heels are 10-2-3 overall, 3-2-3 in ACC play. Carolina tied No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Florida State, 2-2, on Thursday, October 21.

• Carolina is 4-1-2 against ranked opponents, including 0-1-2 at home against teams ranked in the top four in the nation. UNC lost, 1-0, to No. 4 Duke, tied No. 2 Virginia, 0-0, and tied No. 1 Florida State, 2-2.

• The Irish are 12-3-1, 6-2 in the ACC. Notre Dame lost, 1-0, at Duke on Thursday and, 2-1, at Virginia on October 17.

• Carolina has allowed the first goal in each of the last three games and five of the last eight.

• Carolina’s three ties, all in conference play, are the most ever for UNC in ACC play in a season and equal the third most in all games in a season. UNC tied four games in 2002 and 2016 and three in 1988, 2012 and now 2021.

• Opposing goalkeepers have set or tied season highs in saves five times and set or tied career highs four times in the eight ACC contests this season.

Opponent, Goalkeeper

Duke, Ruthie Jones

6 saves – season high, tied career high

Virginia Tech, Alia Skinner

14 saves – career high

Virginia, Laurel Ivory

5 saves – season high

Pitt’s Katherine Robinson

7 saves – season high, tied career high

NC State’s Maria Echezarreta

8 saves – career high

• Through October 17, UNC was No. 7 in the nation in the RPI and No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The Tar Heels are also seventh in the ACC with 12 points, three behind Duke and Clemson. The top six qualify to play in the ACC Tournament.

ONE FOR 900

• Carolina has won 899 games since the program began in 1979. Anson Dorrance has been the head coach from day one.

• The 899 wins are the most by any women’s soccer program and the most by any women’s soccer head coach in NCAA history.

• Former Connecticut head coach Len Tsantiris is second with 570 wins. Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith is third all-time and second among active coaches with 516.

• The margin from first to second place of 328 wins is the second most on record among all NCAA coaches. Al Scates has the largest margin over second place with 470 more wins than any other men’s volleyball coach. Scates won 1,239 games in 50 seasons with the Bruins.

All-Time Division I Women’s Soccer Coaching Wins

Coach School Years Wins

Anson Dorrance North Carolina 1979-active 899

Len Tsantiris Connecticut 1981-2018 570

Jerry Smith Santa Clara 1987-active 516

Becky Burleigh Berry, Florida 1989-2021 513

Gabe Mejail Merrimack 1979-active 498

UNC vs. NOTRE DAME

• The Tar Heels are 21-7-3 against the Irish, including 5-0-1 in the last six meetings.

• Notre Dame’s seven wins are the second most all-time against UNC (Florida State has 11).

• Carolina is 5-5-1 in Chapel Hill vs. the Irish. Notre Dame won four of the first games played in Chapel Hill from 1995-2010.

• Last season, Carolina won, 2-0, in Chapel Hill behind goals by Hallie Klanke and Brianna Pinto.

NOTEBOOK

• Carolina has started 18 different players this season and had 12 different starting lineups in the first 15 games. UNC has started the same lineup a season-high two games in a row three different times this season.

• Four players – goalkeeper Claudia Dickey, center back Maycee Bell, Emily Moxley and Emily Colton – have started all 15 games. Moxley has started at forward, midfield and back; Colton at forward and midfield.

• Sophomore Talia Dellaperuta made her first starts of the season against NC State and Florida State. She missed 10 games this year due to injury.

• Thirteen Tar Heels have scored this season, including six who netted their first collegiate goals.

• A major factor in Carolina earning a 2-2 tie with No. 1 Florida State was the play of midfielders Sam Meza and Avery Patterson. Meza controlled the center of the field and was involved in both of UNC’s goals; Patterson created numerous scoring chances from the left wing and played well on both ends of the field.

• Meza returned to action at NC State after missing two games due to a leg injury, but the Tar Heels were without Patterson in the 1-0 loss to the Wolfpack. The ACC’s co-Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against Virginia took a hard fall in the opening half at Boston College on October 10. She was unable to play in the second half and overtime at BC and didn’t play against NC State. Patterson was Carolina’s Player of the Match vs. Clemson, Virginia and Pittsburgh, the three games prior to the match at BC.

• Freshman defender Emerson Elgin has not played since the second game and freshman forward Ally Sentnor suffered a season-ending injury in the first preseason game.

• Carolina is playing 13 freshmen and sophomores significant minutes this season and has no fifth-year seniors on the roster. Those 13 underclassmen include freshmen Emily Colton, Makenna Dominguez, Ruby Grant, Annika Huhta, Emily Murphy, Bella Sember and Lauren Wrigley and sophomores Abby Allen, Molly Baker, Sam Meza, Emily Moxley, Avery Patterson and Paige Tolentino.

• Allen, Colton, Meza, Moxley, Murphy, Patterson and Wrigley have been regulars in the starting lineup.

• Ten different Tar Heels have scored UNC’s last 13 goals.

• Carolina is averaging 7.9 corners per game and allowing only 1.9 per contest. The Tar Heels have allowed only 28 corners in 15 games.

• UNC leads the ACC and is sixth in the country in corner kicks per game.

• Carolina leads the ACC and is 19th nationally in total shots per game and 34th in the country in shots on goal per game, but is 273rd in shooting accuracy (percentage of shots on frame).

Avery Patterson leads the team in shots on goal percentage at .647.

• Carolina’s game at UCF on 9/12 was halted 13 minutes in due to stormy weather and canceled after a nearly 90-minute delay. Emily Murphy had given the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead three minutes into the match after a cross from Abby Allen, but the goal and match were wiped off the books because of the inclement weather. The game will not be made up.

SCORING LEADERS

• Freshman Emily Colton leads the team with five goals with freshman Emily Murphy, senior Rachael Dorwart, sophomore Avery Patterson and junior Isabel Cox tied for second with four. They are among the eight players with multiple goals this season.

• Among that group, only Patterson and Cox have scored in the last five games.

• Murphy leads the Tar Heels in points with 13. She assisted on Carolina’s first goal against Florida State, her first point since returning from a three-game absence due to injury. The freshman from Windsor, England, had 12 points in the first seven games before suffering a sprained ankle and didn’t play against Duke, Virginia Tech and Clemson. Her pass to Isabel Cox for the tying goal in the first half vs. the Seminoles was her first point since September 9 at Florida.

• The Tar Heels have allowed 11 goals in 15 games and outshot their opponents 282 to 119, an average of 18.8 to 7.9 per game.

• Colton, the leading goal scorer, also leads in shots (44) and shots on frame (21).

PLENTY OF TIME

• UNC is 3-0-3 in overtime this season.

• The Tar Heels didn’t go to extra time in any of their 20 matches last season.

• Carolina is 44-18-43 all-time in overtime games.

• The six overtime games are the most by UNC in a season since playing seven in 2014 (4-1-2).

PLAYING FROM BEHIND

• Carolina has trailed in seven of the first 15 games.

• The Tar Heels have trailed for more than 35 minutes in five games this season and are 2-2-1 in those games.

– Illinois scored first and led for 1:08 before Emily Murphy tied the game, the first of five straight UNC goals.

– Stanford scored first and led for 37:56; Murphy tied the game and UNC won it overtime.

– Duke scored the only goal of the game, leading for the final 35:02.

– Virginia Tech scored the first two goals, led for 53:20 before Avery Patterson and Emily Colton scored in the final nine minutes for a 2-2 tie.

– Boston College led for 38:31; Julia Dorsey tied the match with 2:09 to play and Maggie Pierce won it in overtime.

– NC State scored in the 25th minute and led for the final 64:46.

– Florida State scored 65 seconds into the match. Isabel Cox tied it 29:51 later. In the second half, UNC held a 2-1 lead for 17:54 before the Seminoles evened the score.

COLLEGE CUP REGULARS

• The Tar Heels have reached the College Cup in each of the last three seasons, including the national championship game in 2018 and 2019. No other program has accomplished that in the last three seasons.

• Carolina has played in the College Cup (the national semifinals and finals) 30 times. Notre Dame is second with 12.

PRO HEELS

• Three players who played for the Tar Heels last year are playing in the NWSL this season. Emily Fox was selected first overall by Racing Louisville in January’s draft. Brianna Pinto, who elected to play for UNC in the spring, was chosen No. 3 by Gotham FC. Taylor Otto was selected No. 11

by Racing Louisville.

CAPTAINS

• Carolina’s 2021 captains are Maycee Bell, Aleigh Gambone, Tori Hansen and Rachel Jones.

CLAUDIA

Claudia Dickey has made 36 saves and has six shutouts this season. In her career, the Charlotte, N.C., native has 27 solo shutouts (41 total), made 145 saves, allowed 33 goals and has a save percentage of .815.

• Dickey is 50-7-5 as a Tar Heel.

DICKEY CONVERTS

• Dickey scored her second career goal by penalty kick in Carolina’s 3-0 win over Clemson on September 26. She also scored from the spot against Virginia in the 2020 ACC Tournament semifinals.

• Dickey is also 2 for 2 in penalty kicks in NCAA postseason play, converting against UCLA in the 2018 quarterfinals and Stanford in the 2019 national championship match.


FLORIDA STATE RECAP

UNC 2, FLORIDA STATE 2, 2OT (OCT. 21)

Isabel Cox’s bid for a game-winning hat trick was tipped over the cross bar with 1:12 to play in the second overtime as No. 7 UNC and No. 1 FSU battled to a 2-2 tie.

• Carolina had taken a 2-1 lead with 28:41 left in regulation on Cox’s second goal.

• It was the second two-goal game of Cox’s career. She netted a pair against Michigan in a third-round match in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

• FSU tied the game at 2-2 with 10:47 to play in regulation. Breata Olsson found the lower left side of the net from 15 yards for her second of the game. Olsson scored from 35 yards just 65 seconds into the game and later hit the left post from nearly 45 yards.

• It was only the second time this season UNC and FSU gave up multiple goals. Virginia Tech scored twice in a 2-2 tie vs. UNC, while the Seminoles allowed a pair in a 5-2 win over Florida.

• FSU is 3-0-4 against UNC in the last seven matches between the teams that have gone to extra time dating to 2008.


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