The University of National Champions — it’s a moniker tossed around loosely when one starts talking about North Carolina athletics.
You might have even used the nickname on one or two occasions when you’re hanging around your friends from Duke or N.C. State. With 43 team national championships across eight different teams, UNC’s tradition of athletic excellence is a source of pride for all Tar Heels. But even with all-around success, the football and men’s basketball teams garner most of the spotlight.
Don’t get me wrong — both teams are worthy of notice. They have both brought in an abundance of cash and national exposure, mostly good, to the University. But many of UNC’s Olympic-sport teams consistently rank among the best in the country and deserve your attention. This fall is no different.
The field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer teams are all ranked in the top three in the country, and each has the chance to add another championship to its resume.
The men’s soccer team, responsible for two of UNC’s national titles, jumped to No. 2 in the country on Tuesday. Even when facing one of its toughest opponents of the season in then-No. 2 Notre Dame, the Tar Heels looked the part of a championship-caliber team during Friday’s 4-2 win.