"We haven't been able to accomplish either of those two things."
Obtaining those goals could seem to be difficult this year when looking at the team on paper. But even with the loss of three talented seniors, Slingluff Levy and the Tar Heels are still optimistic.
"Our offense is good at fast breaks, and our transition has been effective," Thompson said. "Hopefully we'll still dominate on the attacking end."
The offense graduated Kristin Off, who scored winning goals in overtime against No. 1 Maryland and No. 3 Duke last season and two-time All-ACC midfielder Meghann Mohler.
Those key losses shouldn't phase the Tar Heels, though. UNC returns four of their top five scorers. Thompson, a pre-season All American, led all scorers last season.
Fellow attacker Erin McInnis and midfielders Amy Havrilla and Christine McPike join Thompson in UNC's offensive threat.
"Our offensive unit is very small," Slingluff Levy said. "We don't have a lot of numbers, but it's good because it's tight and they work well together."
Guarding the goal should prove easier for the Tar Heels this year. Junior Melissa Coyne returns as goalkeeper and freshman Katelyn Hoffman is right on her heels for playing time.
"It makes me work harder ever day knowing they're right behind me," Coyne said. "But it also makes me more confident knowing that we have more depth."
Junior tri-captain Porter Wilkinson's versatility leads UNC's defensive unit. Wilkinson earned first-team All- American honors in her sophomore season and will continue to guard any offensive standout opposing teams try to bring against the Tar Heels.
"Last year it was great to be recognized, but we have have one of the most complete rosters in the nation," Wilkinson said. "That is great because we won't have to rely on the individual efforts of one or two people because the talent is so evenly dispersed throughout our field."
A deep roster is something UNC will need considering their rigorous schedule. Eight of the Tar Heel's regular season opponents attended the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
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"We know going into the season that we play a tough schedule with most of the top ten teams in the country," Wilkinson said. "We will probably have a loss here or there that hurts and will effect our rankings, but we know it will make us better and pay off in the postseason."