Coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Miami Hurricanes, the North Carolina women’s soccer team looks to extend its five-game winning streak — this time on the road against the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday.
Like Miami, Louisville fell victim to a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Duke last weekend. They struggled in every aspect of the game, but inefficient offense proved to be the deciding factor as the team managed only three shots the entire game.
The final game of the regular season is a favorable matchup for the No. 2 Tar Heels, as the Cardinals 6-7-2 record pales in comparison to the latter’s 14-3 showing. UNC has also outscored Louisville 42-13 on the season.
The Cardinals have already been eliminated from postseason play, but they will have a chance to spoil UNC's hopes of clinching the No. 1 seed in next week's ACC Tournament.
Here are three keys to a victory against Louisville:
Capitalize on Louisville's stagnant offense
Despite a slew of recent injuries, UNC's back line has stood strong, giving up one goal over their past five games. After senior center back Julia Dorsey went down with a knee injury, junior Abby Allen and redshirt first-year Emerson Elgin have found success filling the gap.
The Cardinals will look toward fifth-year graduate student Maisie Whitsett on offense, who has four goals and three assists to her name this season. She has been on a cold streak in the team’s recent stretch of games, having recorded no goals or assists in the team’s last seven contests.
Behind her, first-year defender Karsyn Cherry is the team’s second-leading point scorer with three goals on the season. However, Cherry has also been dormant on the scoreboard since the team’s game against Memphis nearly two months ago.