Looking ahead: Duke-UNC men’s soccer, Friday night

Stuff to know:

-The game is in Chapel Hill, and UNC wants to break the single-game attendance record. (Linke opens. pdf)

-The Duke women’s team is red-hot, but the men are entrenched in a year-long struggle. They started off ranked, but a series of close losses pushed them well out of the top 25. On the other hand, they’re now working on a 4-match winning streak in which they’ve scored at least four goals in each. Here’s video from their win against Presbyterian. Notice how the players don’t seem to celebrate even a little after a goal. Do they hate each other?


-Unlike Duke, UNC has had a dream season. They started off the year with a win over #1-ranked Louisville, and have lost just one game, a 1-0 road loss to Virginia Tech, en route to compiling an 8-1 record. Their last win, yesterday against #14 Old Dominion, should shoot them up even higher than their current #5 ranking.

 

I will be there for the second ever Erwin Cup match. If anyone attends, any kind of Erwin Cup sign will make the pages of this blog.

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3 Responses to Looking ahead: Duke-UNC men’s soccer, Friday night

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  1. I watched the video and those “celebrations” were odd. Maybe Presbyterian is awful and Duke just went about their business in a ho-hum manner? That’s only reason I can think of besides what you suggested.

  2. Having played a lot of soccer, those looked like the sort of ho-hum “celebrations” you have when you score against a really bad team that you know you’re going to dominate. Hard to get very excited when you know how bad your opponent is.

    After a bit of research, my suspicions were confirmed. Presbyterian’s only win of the season was a pre-season scrimmage against Oglethorpe. They are 0-8, have been shut out 5 times and are yet to give up fewer than 3 goals in a game.

    http://www.gobluehose.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=18100&SPID=10735&SPSID=89753

  3. TarHeelAlex says:

    Once again football tops soccer on my list, and therefore I will be making the journey to GVegas a day early. Thus, rather than being at the soccer match..I’ll be…well it is Greenville. You know.

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