While UNC teams are normally dominant, this team has had to battle for every result. Now, the Tar Heels are trying to complete the ultimate turnaround.
The team hopes to keep things rolling as it takes on West Virginia in the national semifinals today at 5 p.m. Here are three things to note as UNC continues its quest for a 23rd national title.
Flipping a switch
It looked like North Carolina was in trouble after losing to Southern California and N.C. State earlier in the season. But from then on, the Tar Heels have gone 12-1-3.
It wouldn’t be crazy to think UNC is just happy to be in San Jose. But the team still knows when to turn it on— a trait Coach Anson Dorrance likened to his 2008 squad, which he dubbed “The Anarchists.”
Dorrance remembered waiting for that team ahead of the national final against Notre Dame. The players were taking part in their pregame dance party and exited the locker room with only 15 minutes to warm up. The Tar Heels conceded a goal 16 seconds in, but buckled down to win the game 2-1.
This team might not be able to afford an early deficit this weekend, as UNC is 83rd in the country in scoring. But it might not have to. Dorrance said the team’s practices this week have been phenomenal — a relief for him with the competition the Tar Heels are set to play in the College Cup.