CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The College of Charleston men's soccer team plays its final non-conference game of the season with a touted bout against No. 2 North Carolina in a Friday-night match which will showcase two of highest-scoring teams in the nation.
Consistent with head coach Ralph Lundy's creed to assess and improve his team against the best teams in the country, this will be the fourth match the Cougars play against teams ranked nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Cougars have only taken one loss in games against ranked opponents.
"This is a great challenge for our team to be playing the No. 2 team in the country," said Lundy. "We love these kinds of opportunities and the Cougars aren't going to be intimidated. We love it."
Friday's match features a pair of top-ten highest-scoring teams in the country as the Cougars score the tenth most goals in the nation at 2.27 goals per game with the Tar Heels narrowly ahead in ninth at 2.33 goals per game.
CofC has achieved such numbers by utilizing quality passing and team work. CofC has gotten goals out of 11 different players and averages more than one assist per goal with 27 assists on the season.
This will be CofC's (5-4-2) second match this week against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference which is said by many to be the premiere soccer conference. On Tuesday, CofC battled Wake Forest to a scoreless double-overtime draw on the FOX Soccer Channel as the NSCAA Game of the Week.
No. 2 North Carolina (10-1-1) is on an eight-match unbeaten streak and hasn't lost since Sept. 10 when the Tar Heels fell to Virginia Tech. UNC has scored at least two goals in its last five matches.
CofC is also faced with the challenge of snapping the Tar Heels' 19-match home winning streak at Fetzer Field.
The teams have played three common opponents so far this season and neither side has suffered a loss. Both teams beat UNC Asheville, 2-1, in overtime; UNC beat Wofford by a 1-0 count and CofC took a 5-1 result from the Terriers; and the Tar Heels beat Wake Forest, 1-0, while CofC played the Demon Deacons to scoreless draw.
The Cougars' remaining schedule will be played within the Southern Conference and starts with a match at Appalachian State on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.