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A lot can happen in four years.
On Dec. 2, 2012, the top song on the radio was One More Night by Maroon 5. Christian Ponder was the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, and Stephen Curry was a scrawny shooter with bad ankles. Larry Fedora was still a first-year coach with North Carolina and Brice Johnson still had a mustache.
The Tar Heels were also national champions in women's soccer — a feeling this year's graduating class is yet to feel. And if Coach Anson Dorrance hopes to avoid the first four-year skid in program history, UNC will need to make a postseason run for the ages.
Fortunately for the Tar Heels, they're peaking at the right moment after an impressive 3-0 victory over Virginia on Sunday — when the offense showcased its newfound spark and the defense held firm as ever. The win advances North Carolina to the next stage of the ACC Tournament, and it could position the team for a serious run in the NCAA Tournament in November.