College Cup Preview: North Carolina

Photo: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Athletics

With the NCAA College Cup coming to Texas this weekend, San Antonio Soccer News is setting out to preview all four teams in the tournament.

Team: North Carolina

City: Chapel Hill, NC

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

2015 Finish: Third Round (Lost 1-0 to Creighton)

Ranking: Ninth

Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2011)

Head Coach: Carlos Somoana (Sixth Season)

Preview:

North Carolina are perennial contenders for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship although are often in the shadow of their more successful women’s team. Any team winning two championships in 11 years would be impressive but given North Carolina’s women’s team has won 22 national championships often the men are forgotten but this year the men will definitely finish above them this season.

The Tar Heels may well be very fortunate to be here needing a golden goal to beat Florida Gulf Coast in the first weekend. Their other two results saw them defeat Syracuse and Providence 1-0, enough to qualify for the College Cup.

The star of the team is Cam Lindley the only North Carolina player selected on the All-Region first team for 2016. It’s an impressive result for Lindley who is only a freshman and is bound to have a strong collegiate career and no doubt head to MLS in 2020.

2015 MLS SuperDraft Class:

Omar Holness – Real Salt Lake (5)

Jordan McCrary – New England Revolution (10)

Jonathan Campbell – Chicago Fire (12)

Likely 2016 MLS Draftees:

Walker Hume – Named to the All-Region second team, Hume has been a strong defensive player for the Tar Heels while also managing goals and assists. Hume is a native of Texas, from San Angelo, and the tournament is something of a home coming for him.

Colton Storm – The captain of the Tar Heels has started every match this season in a vital defensive role for North Carolina. Storm was named to the All-Region third team after also adding three assists to his defensive efforts.

Prediction: Fall in Semi-Final to Stanford

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