Men’s soccer begins NCAA tournament, hosts High Point Thursday afternoon

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The 2022 NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship begins Thursday afternoon with the University of North Carolina hosting High Point for a first-round matchup at Dorrance Field. Kick-off is set for noon ET.

Tickets are available here and entry is free for UNC students with a valid ID.

UNC is one of three programs in the country where both men and women host respective championship games that weekend. Click here for more information on the triple header taking place in Chapel Hill on Thursday.

The Tar Heels’ longstanding tradition of championship football continues as their berth at-large is their 29th NCAA tournament overall and 14th in the past 15 years. head coach Carlos SomoanoNow in his 12th season at the helm, he has led all but one of his teams to a postseason run.

UNC’s overall record in the NCAA tournament is 42-23-10, including a 9-4-1 mark in the first round. In 2021, the Tar Heels advanced to the second round after beating Loyola Maryland 4-2 on penalties.

Carolina (8-5-5) enters the competition after losing a narrow 1-0 loss to No. 4 Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals on Nov. 6-5) scored a 2-0 win over Campbell to take the Big South title on November 13th.

The winner of Thursday’s first round match at Chapel Hill will advance to the second round on Sunday, November 20 to face No. 5 Stanford (11-2-5) in Stanford, California.

A pair of tar heels earned All-ACC honors as a fifth grader earlier this month Milo Garvanian was named to the second team and rookie Sam Williams landed on the all-freshman team. Garvanian and Akeim Clarke top the list with four goals each, while Garvanian and team captain Tim Schles both have four assists.

Noah Holmes, who had a brace in the conference title game to earn Big South Tournament MVP honors, has 10 goals and 20 points on the season for the Panthers. High Point placed five players on the All-Big South First Team, two on the second team, and three on the freshman roster, while head coach Zach Haines was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Thursday marks the 16th meeting in program history between North Carolina and High Point and the first since 2007. UNC will look to extend its all-time streak record falling 13-0-2 in its favor, including a 9-0 – 1 point for games played at Chapel Hill.

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