North Carolina Men's Soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsules

North Carolina Tar Heels


Even before the season started North Carolina had expectations of being a good team and now that it has ended they disappointed no one with a 15-3-2 record. The defending champs had a successful season with only three losses, one being to number one Maryland who the Tar Heels again lost to in the ACC championship game. The Tar Heels’ defense recorded an impressive 15 shutouts to help them remain competitive in the tough ACC.

2012 Record: 15-3-2, 6-1-1
Coach: Carlos Somoano

Good Results: 8/31 West Virginia (1-0), 9/28 at Duke (2-1), 11/1 Boston College (4-0)
Bad Results: 9/11 at James Madison (0-1), 9/14 Wake Forest (0-0), 10/19 at Maryland (0-1)

Why They Can Surprise:
North Carolina isn’t a huge numbers team, not by any means. The leading scorers for the Tar Heels, Andy Craven and Martin Murphy, only have six goals and five goals, respectively, for the season bringing the total for the offense up to only 32. The defense lacks in numbers as well with only 40 saves for keeper Scott Goodwin but he also only allowed six goals for North Carolina’s opponents. The numbers may not be as impressive as their ACC counterpart Maryland, but it tells their rivals a huge story, that they are a strategic team. They know when to shoot and they can keep the ball out of the box. The defending champs will surprise everyone with a high scoring game in the postseason or even another NCAA tournament crown.   

Why They Can Disappoint:
North Carolina has a lot to lose in the NCAA Tournament. They will disappoint if they fall short after winning it all last season. The Tar Heels are not a high scoring team but have a defense that will allow them to win low scoring games. The offense will have to, however, step it up a notch going up against high scoring teams like Maryland and Cornell, among others, that they could run into on their road to another title.

Key Strikers:
Andy Craven, Junior, 6 goals, 5 assists
Rob Lovejoy, Junior, 5 goals, 1 assist

Key Midfielders:
Martin Murphy, Senior, 5 goals, 2 assists
Danny Garcia, Freshman, 4 goals, 6 assists
Cameron Brown, Senior, 2 goals, 3 assists
Jordan Gafa, Senior, 2 goals, 4 assists
Mikey Lopez, Sophomore, 2 goals, 1 assist

Key Defenders:
Jonathan Campbell, Freshman, 1 goal, 1 assist
Boyd Okwuonu, Sophomore, 0 goals, 0 assists
Jordan McCrary, Sophomore, 0 goals, 1 assist

Key Goalkeepers:
Scott Goodwin, Senior, 0.29 goals against average, .870 save percentage, 15 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 1.76 (36th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.23 (1, 1)
Shutout Percentage: 0.76 (2, 1)
Save Percentage: 0.907 (1, 1)

2013 MLS Draft Prospects:
#30 Mikey Lopez
#54 Jordan McCrary
#58 Boyd Okwuonu
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Recent Postseason Appearances:
North Carolina    2011    Second Round    Defeated Coastal Carolina
North Carolina    2011    Third Round        Defeated Indiana
North Carolina    2011    Quarterfinals        Defeated Saint Mary's
North Carolina    2011    National Semifinals    Defeated UCLA
North Carolina    2011    National Finals    Defeated Charlotte
North Carolina    2010    Second Round    Defeated Georgetown
North Carolina    2010    Third Round        Defeated Michigan State
North Carolina    2010    Quarterfinals        Defeated SMU
North Carolina    2010    National Semifinals    Lost to Louisville
North Carolina    2009    Second Round    Defeated Brown
North Carolina    2009    Third Round        Defeated Indiana
North Carolina    2009    Quarterfinals        Defeated Drake
North Carolina    2009    National Semifinals    Lost to Akron
North Carolina    2008    Second Round    Defeated Jacksonville
North Carolina    2008    Third Round        Defeated Illinois-Chicago
North Carolina    2008    Quarterfinals        Defeated Northwestern
North Carolina    2008    National Semifinals    Defeated Wake Forest
North Carolina    2008    National Finals    Lost to Maryland
North Carolina    2006    Second Round    Lost to Old Dominion
North Carolina    2005    Second Round    Defeated Providence
North Carolina    2005    Third Round        Defeated Virginia
North Carolina    2005    Quarterfinals        Lost to SMU
North Carolina    2004    First Round        Lost to George Washington
North Carolina    2003    Second Round    Lost to Coastal Carolina

*all team stats through 11/4


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