Winningest All-Time Senior Classes

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TOP ALL-TIME CLASSES – There have been 20 senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (16 for North Carolina; 4 from Notre Dame) that have helped their teams post more than 90 wins in their four-year careers – and two of those senior classes met in the 2010 NCAA semifinals (North Carolina 92-9-4/.895; Notre Dame 91-10-4/.886; combined record 183-19-8/.891) ... one year earlier, those teams also met in Cary, N.C., during the 2008 College Cup final weekend (UNC's '08 seniors entered that game 93-7-4/.914 while ND's seniors were 92-9-3/.899 – for a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) … two years earlier, the 2006 senior classes for UNC (97-3-3/.956 final record) and ND (92-8-3/.908) were wrapping up similarly impressive careers … the 2008 Tar Heels seniors became the 10th Division I class ever to total 94-plus career wins (along with nine previous UNC classes) … the 2009 UNC seniors also finished with 94 career wins.

Most Wins By A Division I Women's Soccer Senior Class (1982-2009)
102-3-1 (.967) – North Carolina's 1998 seniors (1995-98; NCAA camps in 1996, 1997)
102-3-2 (.963) – North Carolina's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1994, 1996, 1997)

101-4-1 (.958) – North Carolina's 1999 seniors (1996-99; NCAA champs in 1996, '97, '99)

98-2-1 (.975) – North Carolina's '95 seniors (1992-95; NCAA champs in 1992, '93, '94)
98-3-1 (.966) – North Carolina's '96 seniors (1993-96; NCAA champs in 1993, '94, '96)

97-1-1 (.985) – UNC's 1994 seniors (1991-94; NCAA champs in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
97-3-3 (.956) – North Carolina's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2003, 2006)
97-6-1 (.938) – North Carolina's 2000 seniors (1997-2000; NCAA champs in 1997, '99, 2000)

94-7-0 (.931) – North Carolina's 2001 seniors (1998-2001; NCAA champs in 1999, 2000)
94-7-4 (.914) – North Carolina's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA champs in 2006, 2008)

94-9-4 (.897) – North Carolina's '09 seniors (2006-09; NCAA champs in 2006, 2008, 2009)

93-1-2 (.979) – UNC's 1992 seniors (1989-92; NCAA champs in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
93-6-4 (.922) – North Carolina's 2003 seniors (2000-2003; NCAA champs in 2000, 2003)

92-1-1 (.984) – UNC's 1993 seniors (1990-93; NCAA champs in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
92-4-6 (.931) – North Carolina's 2004 seniors (2001-04; NCAA champs in 2003)
92-8-3 (.908) – Notre Dame's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2004)
92-10-3 (.898) – Notre Dame's 2008 seniors (2005-08)

91-4-7 (.927) – North Carolina's 2005 seniors (2002-05; NCAA champs in 2003)
91-6-4 (.921) – Notre Dame's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1995)
91-11-4 (.877) – Notre Dame's 2009 seniors (2006-09)

Notes: UNC's 2009 seniors (92-9-4 career record) and ND's seniors (91-10-4) had a combined record of 183-19-8 (.891) when they met in the '09 NCAA semifinals ... UNC's and ND's 2006 senior classes met in the NCAA final (combined 188-10-6 career record/.936 win pct. entering that game) and again in the '08 title game (combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) ... UNC and ND's seniors did not face each other in the 1997 NCAAs (ND lost to UConn in the semifinals).


Senior classes that have played in four College Cup final weekends (26 classes)

• UNC (seniors in 1985 through 2003; 19 total classes)

• UCLA  (seniors in 2006, 2007, 2008 and '09; 4 total classes)

• Notre Dame  (seniors in 1997 and 2009; 2 total classes)

• Santa Clara's 1999 seniors

Note: There have been only three NCAA semifinal fields – 1997 (UNC & ND), 1999 (UNC & SCU) and 2009 (UCLA & ND) – that featured multiple teams each led by a senior class that had advanced to the College Cup final weekend all four seasons in their respective careers (prior to 2009, it had been 10 years since this previously happened) ... the only three schools with multiple senior classes on the above list all were competing in College Station at the 2009 College Cup final weekend.

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