It’s no secret that the North Carolina women’s soccer team is a program to be reckoned with. It’s also not surprising to hear that it just wrapped up its 17th undefeated regular season in the school's history.
The Tar Heels' program has a long, dynastic history, and even with a shortened season this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has proven its dominance and didn’t let anything get in its way, winning all nine regular season games it was given.
In honor of the team's latest undefeated year, here's a deep dive look back at some of the program's most impressive undefeated seasons.
A group of UNC players petitioned and even garnered the support of Anson Dorrance, the school's men’s soccer coach at the time and the current women's head coach, to create a varsity team in 1979. In 1981, the Tar Heels had their first undefeated season, just two years after the program started, and ended the season as AIAW champions. During that first championship run, UNC played three games within three days during the tournament weekend, all without allowing a single goal.
Although North Carolina won an NCAA National Championship in 12 of the next 13 years, the 1986 undefeated championship meant more to the team because of the way the previous year had ended. The Tar Heels tied in the 1985 season opener with George Mason before going on to win 12 games in a row. They had one loss against Massachusetts, 2-0, before going on to lose in the 1985 NCAA final to George Mason, also 2-0.