In its 2010 season, the North Carolina men’s soccer team is picking up right where it left off.
Last year’s Tar Heels were bested in a 5-4 penalty-kick loss to undefeated Akron in the NCAA College Cup semifinals. And the first team on deck for UNC’s 2010 season is none other than the Akron Zips again, who were recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA.
But the No. 4 Tar Heels aren’t worried about the matchup. After playing three exhibition games — one of which resulted in a 1-0 win against UNC-Wilmington on a last-minute goal by redshirt freshman Josh Rice — the rematch scheduled for Sept. 3 will be looked at as just another game for the veteran team.
“We’re not preparing for them any different than we prepare for anyone else,” coach Elmar Bolowich said. “The fact that we play Akron is fine but doesn’t necessarily do anything — we are just excited to play. Akron will be a great measuring stick.”
After finishing last season with a 16-2-4 record, UNC returns 18 highly experienced players to a team led by six seniors.