Following its worst ACC regular season showing in history, the North Carolina women's soccer team has been handed a clean slate for the conference tournament this weekend.
But the third-seeded Tar Heels (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) will have to take advantage of their fresh start without their third-leading scorer.
Sophomore forward Susan Bush was lost for the remainder of the season when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during practice on Oct. 25.
Bush, who started 12 games this season and tallied nine goals and four assists, provided UNC with a source of speed up front that will be sorely missed.
"The first thing we lose is she turns the corner so quickly and so often and so easily," UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. "I would say on an average, six times a game, even against the best competition, she's turned the corner.
"Whenever you turn the corner against a team's defense, they're vulnerable. And she does that so consistently, maybe we took her for granted because you don't find many players that have that ability."
The Tar Heels travel to Duke's Koskinen Stadium today to face sixth-seeded N.C. State at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals but will make the trip without Bush, who will be at UNC Hospitals for surgery at 9 a.m.
The winner of today's matchup will face the winner of the Wake Forest-Florida State game.