By R.L. Bynum
UNC remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the United Soccer Coaches women’s poll Tuesday and faces challenging upcoming matches, while Carolina jumped 11 spots to No. 13 in the men’s poll.
Coach Anson Dorrance’s women (4–0–0) got all eight first-place votes for the second consecutive season. The Tar Heels have outscored their opponents 13–0 after outscoring two exhibition opponents 7–0.
They won two games in Texas last weekend, beating the Longhorns 2–0 and Baylor 6–0, with six Tar Heels scoring against the Bears. Midfielder Avery Patterson scored both goals against Texas and one goal against Baylor.
After Thursday’s 1 p.m. game at Missouri (SEC Network+), Carolina meets two powerhouse opponents in No. 3 UCLA on Sunday at Dorrance Field and No. 2 Duke on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Durham.
UCLA (3–0–0) jumped three spots from No. 6 after beating Iowa 1–0, Cal State, Northridge 6–0 and Santa Clara 1–0. Duke (4–0–0) moved up from No. 5 after beating the same Tennessee team 3–2 that UNC beat 3–0.
Other ACC women’s teams moving up were Virginia (4–0–0) from No. 8 to No. 5 and Notre Dame (4–0–0) from unranked to No. 16.
Florida State (1–0–2) dropped from No. 2 to No. 10 after tying No. 4 South Carolina 0–0 and No. 11 Auburn 1–1.
Coach Carlos Somoano’s men’s team (2–0–0) moved up from No. 24 to No. 13 after defeating South Florida 1–0 Sunday for his 150th career victory. His Tar Heels opened the season Thursday with a 2–1 victory over Air Force.
Fifth-year midfielder Milo Garvanian scored one of the goals against the Falcons and the only goal against the Bulls.
Carolina returns home Saturday night at 7:30 against Florida International (1–1–0), which was preseason No. 18 but fell out of the poll after a 5–3 home loss Thursday to Akron.
Among ACC teams, Clemson (2–0–0) remains No. 1, with Pittsburgh (2–0–0) jumping from No. 7 to No. 2, Wake Forest (2–0–0) moving from No. 15 to No. 5 and Syracuse (2–0–0) from unranked to No. 15.
Notre Dame (1–1–0) plummeted from No. 4 to No. 22 after a 3–1 loss to Seattle, and Duke (2–0–0) fell from No. 12 to No. 17.
Women’s Top 25
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Also receiving votes: N.C. State (22), Central Florida (13),Texas (11), Wake Forest (9), Alabama (8), Tennessee (7), Ohio State (5), Arkansas (4), Butler (4), Saint Louis (2), Virginia Tech (2), Portland (1)
Men’s Top 25
Also receiving votes: UNC Greensboro (23), Butler (19), UCSB (18), Louisville (18), Vermont (16), Dayton (14), Portland (13), FIU (10), Campbell (9), UMBC (9), Loyola (MD) (6), Hofstra (4), Liberty (3), Loyola Chicago (1)
Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications