There are a few clear cut things in life :death, taxes, and if you’ve been watching men’s college soccer all season – North Carolina’s dominance. This year’s baby blue footballers can score in bunches, they defend, and they are very deep! The Tar Heels are in the College Cup for the fourth straight season, and if there was any year for them to bring a trophy back to Chapel Hill, this might be the best opportunity. Over the course of the entire season, they only have 2 losses, and have a goal differential of +40.
If you look at their opponents in the Cup, it is apparent they’re the favorites and should be able to win, but not without difficulty. Their first match in the last four is against a UCLA team that is seeded 13th overall in the tournament. Again, I’m not saying it will be easy, but if you base a lot off of the seedings it would seem the Heels should get the win in that one. Despite Chandler Hoffman having a ridiculous season, I’d expect the seasoned UNC defense to key on him, and most likely shut him down.
Their next opponent would be against the winner of Creighton vs. Charlotte, and if they’re matched up against Charlotte they’ve got a clear advantage. Despite my hopes for a Cinderella story, I must be a realist and Carolina would probably dispel any hopes of Cinderella finding her Prince.
Where it could get a little dicey is if the final is between the Heels and the Jays. Creighton is a solid team, they’re #2 in the overall tournament seedings, and pose a dangerous threat to UNC. The Jays have only given up 5 goals this year, and haven’t lost since October! However, UNC hasn’t either, and I think the Tar Heels have more offensive fire power than Creighton’s seen all year. The Heels have scored 55 goals to date, and I’d bet they are going to get pretty close to 60 after it’s all said and done.