Niners Geared Up For Rematch with Tarheels

Charlotte will look to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history when it takes on North Carolina on Sunday at Fetzer Field.


Sophomore Whitney Weinraub is part of a Charlotte tandem with Hailey Beam that has been tremendous on the offensive end for the Niners.

Nov. 15, 2008

Chapel Hill, N.C. - In its first game of the season, the Charlotte women's soccer squad headed to Fetzer Field to take on one of the most storied programs in women's soccer history. Head Coach Jon Lipsitz said it was because they knew the College Cup always goes through Fetzer Field and he was 100% correct in his assessment as the No. 18 ranked 49ers prepare to take on the No. 4 ranked Tarheels on Sunday at UNC's Fetzer Field.

Charlotte (18-3-1) will be looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to the Heels from earlier in the season, while North Carolina (20-1-2) will be looking to pull of a sweep of the 49ers and advance to the Sweet 16.

Carolina has all of the tradition of a national powerhouse on their side and is fresh off a 5-0 dominating victory on Friday night over Western Carolina, but Charlotte comes back to Fetzer Field as one of the hottest teams in the country, as opposed to being the brand new squad that came to Chapel Hill in August.

Charlotte boasts a solid core of players who were outstanding in Friday night's victory over Tennessee. Led by A-10 Midfielder of the Year, Hailey Beam and A-10 Forward of the Year Whitney Weinraub, Charlotte brings to the table a powerful dose of offense and a brick wall defense that makes the Great Wall of China look weak.

Seniors Nikki Dumencich and Nikki Labuda Czaplicki tallied Charlotte's two goals in the Niners victory over the SEC Champion Tennessee Lady Vols.

Charlotte is in the midst of a red-hot 15 game win streak, in which it has outscored opponents by a 54-6 margin.


 

 

While the offensive numbers are gaudy to say the least, the Niners' defense hasn't allowed a shot to find the back of the net in 570 minutes of play. That equates to nine and one-half hours of scoreless soccer being played by the Niners as they head into Sunday's Tarheel State clash with the ACC champs.

Junior keeper Lauren Brown has been anything but giving to opponents as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. During the month of November, Brown has been lights out in goal by recording four consecutive shutouts, culminating in Friday night's shutout of Tennessee.

Carolina boasts the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year in Casey Noguiera and a record with only one blemish, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Lady Irish of Notre Dame, the top seed in the College Cup tournament.

Will it be the rising power from the Atlantic 10 or the perennial front runners from the ACC who will advance to the Sweet 16? Only time will tell.

Sunday's matchup marks only the second time in program history that the Niners will take to the field for a second round contest in the College Cup. The last time the Niners made it to the second round they were knocked out by the same Tarheel squad that they will do battle with on Sunday.

North Carolina holds the all-time series lead by a 3-0 margin over the Niners.

Action from Chapel Hill is slated to kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16 to take on the winner of Sunday's contest pitting Missouri against Illinois at a site yet to be determined.

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