This update includes the NCAA Tournament round-of-16 games played on Nov. 20-21, involving 15 of the teams on this list. The North Carolina senior class reached 90 career wins (91-9-4) following Saturday's 1-0 win over Maryland, while the Notre Dame seniors (90-10-4) remain one win behind the Tar Heels.
This marks the 19th time in 28 Division I women's soccer seasons that a senior class has totaled more than 90 career wins (now done by 16 UNC classes and three from ND). The current Tar Heel seniors are tied for 17th on that list and could move into a tie for 13th by beating Wake Forest in the upcoming quarterfinals. If North Carolina were to close the season with three more wins (and win the NCAA title), its resulting 94 total wins over the past four seasons would tie for ninth place on the all-time senior class victory list.
The three top Notre Dame entires on the four-year wins list include the Irish class of 2006 (92-8-3, from '03-'06), the class of 2008 (92-10-3) and the class of 1997 (91-6-4).
Here's a bonus look at the programs with the most total games played over the past four seasons: North Carolina (104 games), Notre Dame (104), Florida State (100), Florida (98), UCLA (97), Texas A&M (97), Penn State (95), Stanford (94), Denver (93), Oklahoma State (93), Texas (92), West Virginia (92), South Carolina (92), BYU (91), Purdue (91), USC (90), Portland (90) and Wake Forest (90).
The teams listed below include seven of the eight still alive in the 2009 NCAAs: the top six teams on the list – UNC, ND, UCLA, Portland, Stanford and FSU – plus Wake Forest (tied for 18th).
Here's the complete updated list of the nation's winningest senior classes (note: when referencing this list, please credit CollegeSoccer360.com with the research and – if possible – provide a link to this blog post ... click on post headline for direct URL).
Current Four-Year Records in D-I Women's Soccer (top senior classes; '06-'09)
(research compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com; yearly records are 2006...'07...'08...'09)
(2) ... 90-10-4 (.885) ... Notre Dame (25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 20-3-1)
(3) ... 83-9-5 (.881) ... UCLA (21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 20-2-1)