After a 1-1 draw against Virginia Tech last week, the North Carolina men's soccer team will have a chance to earn its first conference victory on Friday when it hosts No. 10 Notre Dame at Dorrance Field.
Although the Fighting Irish are off to an impressive 4-1-1 start to their season, the Tar Heels have a history of success against Notre Dame, evidenced by their current three-game win streak against the Fighting Irish.
These are three keys North Carolina must focus on in order to defeat Notre Dame and reenter the win column:
Remain consistent on offense
North Carolina has been a dominant team on offense this season. The Tar Heels average 17.75 shots per game — the second-highest average in the ACC — and have netted eight goals.
UNC graduate forwards Quenzi Huerman and Martin Vician have applied significant pressure on their opponents over the past few weeks. Vician’s aggression in attacking the goal has resulted in a team-leading 14 shots on the season. His attack style, when combined with Huerman’s strategic approach, is integral in supporting the team’s recipe for success. The two have a combined five goals on the season, with four of those credited to Huerman.
When Huerman and Vician are working cohesively, it creates chaos. See North Carolina's 4-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 4, in which the two combined for three goals, as evidence.
Contain Matthew Roou
Notre Dame forward Matthew Roou has proved himself to be a valuable asset to the Fighting Irish. The Wisconsin native has scored five of Notre Dame’s 11 goals, two of which were game-winners. The junior is tied for second among ACC players for goals scored.