North Carolina has taken an early lead in the Carlyle Cup against arch-rival Duke.
Sparked by early-season victories in field hockey, women's soccer and men's soccer, the Tar Heels lead the race
9-0 after about six weeks of competition.
UNC's early lead is not a surprise because the school normally has stronger athletic teams than Duke in the fall semester.
However, the UNC men's soccer team's victory against Duke was an upset. The Tar Heels had not scored a goal against the Blue Devils in four years before beating them 4-2 Sunday in Durham.
The Carlyle Cup was introduced back in August by the athletics director at both schools as a way to draw more attention to Olympic sports programs at both universities. Another goal of the competition is to intensify what is already one of the best rivalries in college sports.
Every sport that both schools compete in -- Duke does not have softball or gymnastics -- will be scored. The winner of each of the 14 sports that the schools fund equally will earn three points. The six sports that one sport funds more than the other are worth one point each.
The competition will resume Oct. 15, when the Blue Devils travel to Chapel Hill to take on UNC in volleyball.