The No. 2 North Carolina women's soccer team is about to get a better idea of just how good it really is.
Undefeated through six games, the Tar Heels are traveling to the other side of the country for their toughest challenge of the season so far against No. 12 Santa Clara. Then, less than 48 hours later, they ramp it up again, taking on No. 1 Stanford.
“We are going to fly all the way out there, that’s going to be a challenge in itself,” head coach Anson Dorrance said on Sunday. “And then we are going to match up with two teams that are among the best in the country.”
The trip will be a gauntlet, but Dorrance is adamant about testing his team early in the season. He has made it a habit to do so throughout his career, and his 22 national titles as a head coach are evidence of the strategy’s merits.
“That's preordained in every single season we've scheduled,” Dorrance said. “We not only play a very tough schedule in the ACC, as all the ACC schools do, but what we also try to do is to play a very tough non-conference schedule. And those are two of the toughest teams on that non-conference schedule so this will be a real challenge for this team.”