The North Carolina women’s soccer team is no stranger to the final rounds of the NCAA Tournament. But it’s not used to being the underdog.
No. 13 UNC, which plays No. 1 Stanford at 11 p.m. today at San Diego’s Torero Stadium, enters the College Cup semifinals as the lowest seed out of the four remaining teams.
The North Carolina program has plenty of championship experience — it’s won a record 20 of the 30 NCAA tournaments. But coach Anson Dorrance said that experience won’t be enough for these Tar Heels, many of whom have never been to a College Cup.
UNC last won a title in 2009, when most of its roster was in high school. But Dorrance said even a team full of seniors wouldn’t necessarily be an advantage.
“Experience in the event might be a bit overrated,” Dorrance said. “It comes down to your confidence as a player, your talent and your competitive fire. We have some very confident players that compete and have talent, and that’s what’s going to carry them in this event — not how many times they’ve been there.”