For the North Carolina men’s soccer team, the weight of expectation is nothing new.
The Tar Heels enter the 2019 season ranked No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, marking the ninth consecutive year in which head coach Carlos Somoano’s squad has entered the season ranked in the top 10. This comes as no surprise after a 2018 campaign in which UNC captured its fourth straight ACC Coastal Division championship and finished the season with a record of 14-4-1.
Despite these routine preseason accolades, this year’s team enters exhibition play with last year’s disappointing second round exit from the NCAA tournament still lingering on the minds of many. But a shimmering new stadium and 11 new roster additions have UNC primed to erase any doubts about their status as title contenders. Here’s what to expect from Somoano’s squad this season.
Returning to the field for their final season in Carolina Blue are seniors Jack Skahan and Mauricio Pineda.