CS360 On-Site – from UNC (2nd-round preview; 1st-round recap notes)

CS360 again appreciates the efforts of Chris Henderson – our SEC Tournament correspondent from the previous week – for providing onsite commentary and insights (including some in-game postings) from the action at UNC's Fetzer Field (Sunday preview and Friday recap notes follow below):


PREVIEW – North Carolina vs. Georgia  (Nov. 15; 1 ET)

• This will be the fourth all-time meeting between these schools ... North Carolina is 3-0 in the all-time series, with wins in 2001 (9-0), 2004 (3-0), and 2008 (4-0).

• Interestingly, all three previous games in the series were held at a neutral site (Georgia never has played North Carolina at Fetzer Field).

• This will be the first meeting between the teams in the NCAA Tournament.

• Georgia is 1-0 against ACC opposition in 2009 (2-1 at Clemson, which finished at the bottom of the ACC standings)

• North Carolina is 1-0-1 against SEC opposition in 2009 (1-0 vs LSU; 0-0 vs Auburn)

• UNC outshot those two SEC opponents 57-10 this season.

• North Carolina's previous loss to an SEC opponent was the 2007 season opener against South Carolina, a 1-0 defeat.

• This will be North Carolina's first match against an SEC team in the NCAA Tournament since 2006, when they beat Tennessee 6-2 in the round-of-16.

• Georgia's previous win in the NCAA Tournament over an ACC school was against Clemson in the 2003 first round (2-1).

• Two of the top scorers for each squad, Carrie Patterson (UGA) and Casey Nogueira (UNC), have an interesting connection ... the two were teammates in the 2008 W-League with the Carolina Railhawks.

• Speaking of the W-League, Georgia features the reigning W-League goalkeeper of the season in senior Michelle Betos.

• Georgia assistant coach Robin Confer featured for the Tar Heels from 1994-1997, winning three national titles with the UNC while recording 77 goals and 55 assists ... she also holds the NCAA record for career games played (107).

• North Carolina will try and continue a few NCAA Tournament winning streaks ... they have never lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in its current format and have won seven straight matches in the NCAs.

• Weather conditions call for unseasonably warm temperatures on Sunday afternoon, with a forecast of 74-degree temperatures at kickoff.


FIRST-ROUND RECAP: North Carolina 1, High Point 0

• The third NCAA Tournament meeting between these teams was much closer, on the scoreboard, than their contests in 2003 (8-0) and 2007 (6-1).

• North Carolina's streak of first-round victories continues. The Tar Heels have never lost a first-round NCAA game in their history.

• From a scoreboard point of view, this is the closest first game of the NCAA Tournament Nthat orth Carolina has played since 1990, when the Tar Heels needed double overtime to beat N.C. State back when the tournament was restricted to eight teams.

• This was North Carolina's sixth 1-0 victory of 2009, a school-record for 1-0 victories in a season.

• Despite the close margin in final score, the stats reflect anything but an even game ... UNC outshot their opponents 31-0, with fifteen of those shots on goal.

• Lucy Bronze's game-winning goal was only her second score of her freshman campaign.

• High Point came under much criticism from the local fans for their bunkering tactics, including not pressing forward even when they fell behind in the second half.


FIRST-ROUND RECAP: Georgia 3, UNC Wilmington 0

• This was Georgia's second straight season with a first-round match against a team from the Colonial Athletic Association, with a better outcome than the 2008 loss against James Madison in Winston-Salem (0-1).

• This will be Georgia's second trip in three years to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, with the first coming in 2007 after a win over Alabama A&M (6-1) in Athens ..  Georgia went on to lose to Duke (0-1) in round-2 that season.

• This was the first-ever meeting between these two schools.

• With Georgia's victory, they moved to 5-1 all-time against CAA schools.

• Georgia's win was its first shutout in their NCAA Tournament history.

• Multiple goalscorer Ashley Miller became the fourth Georgia player ever to score multiple goals in an NCAA Tournament game.

• This was UNC Wilmington's first NCAA Tournament appearance.

• Despite recording only one shot overall, Wilmington had a few chances that were spoiled by bad first touches or Georgia goalkeeper Michelle Betos sliding off her line to claim the ball.

• Similar to the day's first game, this match was played in cold, damp, and windy conditions after torrential rain on Thursday had soaked the area. ... the rain had subsided by Friday evening, but the field still was very slick ... the bad weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of a partisan UNC Wilmington crowd, taking advantage of a short drive to be loud and spirited all night.

 editor@collegesoccer360.com