Double Rarity: BC's 3-2 win at UNC

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By Pete LaFleur  (CS360 founder/editor ... editor@collegesoccer360.com)

When Boston College won 3-2 last night at North Carolina (Sept. 24, 2010), history was made on several levels. Most notably, BC handed UNC only its ninth home loss ever at Fetzer Field while the Eagles became the 11th team ever to score three goals in a game against the Tar Heels (UNC never has allowed four goals).


5754767 Boston College junior Alaina Beyar pushed forward to score on a strong shot from the top of the box, forging a 2-2 game midway through the second half at North Carolina (BC went on to win, 3-2, handing the Tar Heels their ninth home loss over the past 29 seasons).


RARE WIN AT FETZER
 – Earlier in the 2010 season, two teams – Texas A&M (3-0 loss on Aug. 20; series now 1-13-0) and Stanford (2-2 tie on Aug. 27; series now 0-8-3) – had the chance to improve on their modest all-time records vs. North Carolina, which has enjoyed sustained dominance over the past three decades (particularly at home) ... last night (Sept. 24, 2010), Boston College did what A&M and Stanford were unable to do this season: beat UNC on its home turf, Fetzer Field ... consider the following:

• The Eagles became only the 20th different team ever to beat UNC (regardless of site), in 29 NCAA-sanctioned seasons ... it was only the 30th all-time loss for UNC in those 29 seasons (673-30-23/.943; as of 9/24/10).

• UNC now has lost only nine times at home (288-9-7/.959; in 29 NCAA-sanctioned seasons, since '82), as of 9/24/10 ... BC's 3-2 win at UNC marked only the 16th time in those 29 seasons (roughly once every two years) that UNC has suffered a loss/tie at home.

North Carolina All-Time Home Losses at Fetzer Field (9 times, since 1982)

10/19/94 ... 2-3 vs. Duke

12/1/95 ... 0-1 vs. Notre Dame  (NCAA semifinals)

9/12/99 ... 2-3 vs. Penn State

11/20/04 ... 0-1 vs. Santa Clara  (NCAA Round-of-16)

10/9/05 ... 1-2 vs. Duke

9/1/07 ... 0-1 vs. South Carolina

11/24/07 ... 2-3 vs. Notre Dame  (NCAA Round-of-16) 

9/4/08 ... 0-1 vs. Notre Dame

9/24/10 ... 2-3 vs. Boston College

North Carolina All-Time Home Ties at Fetzer Field (7 times, since 1982)

9/1/85 ... 3-3 vs. George Mason

8/31/86 ... 1-1 vs. Central Florida

10/27/02 ... 0-0 vs. Duke

11/1/02 ... 1-1 vs. Maryland

11/25/05 ... 1-1 vs. Florida State  (NCAA quarterfinals; FSU advanced 5-4 on PKs)

10/3/08 ... 1-1 vs. Florida State

8/27/10 ... 2-2 vs. Stanford

• As shown in the above list, four of the nine teams that have beaten UNC at Fetzer Field (and one that claimed a tie) have needed three goals to do so, and all nine Tar Heels' home losses have been by a 1-goal margin ... BC joins George Mason ('85), Duke ('94), Penn State ('99) and Notre Dame ('07) as the only teams to score three goals vs. UNC at Fetzer Field (ND had been the only one to do so since 1999).

• The 2010 season is only the fifth time that UNC has suffered two home losses/ties in the same season (never more than two in same year), also: 7-0-2 in 2002, 8-1-1 in 2005, 9-20 in 2008 and 10-1-1 in 2010 ... the Tar Heels have gone perfect at home twice over the past six seasons (11-0-0 in 2006, 13-0-0 in '09), with a combined home record of "only" 53-5-3 (.893) during that six-year span (2005-10) ... in the previous 23 seasons (1982-2004), UNC never suffered multiple home losses/ties in a season (235-4-3; .977).

THREE-GOAL ATTACK – North Carolina never has allowed more than three goals in a game (spanning its 29 NCAA seasons; '82-'10) and now has yielded three goals only 11 times ... Boston College is the eighth different program ever to put three goals on the board vs. UNC (UConn, N.C. St. and Florida St. each have done so twice) ... spanning he past three decades, when the Tar Heels have scored at least two goals, they have compiled a win pct. over 95% from 1982-2010 (671-22-22; .954), but UNC is only 2-8-1 all-time (.227) when allowing three goals and has lost its past six games when the opponent has scored three times (0-6-0, since 1990) ... despite owning a dismal 1-39-2 all-time record vs. UNC (.048), North Carolina State is one of the three teams ever to post multiple 3-goal games vs. the Tar Heels (wild postseason games in 1987 and '90, won by UNC 5-3 and 4-3 respectively) ... 1990 is the only time that UNC has allowed three goals in a game more than once in a season.

Team that have scored three goals vs. North Carolina (1982-2010)

9/3/83 ... 1-3 at Connecticut

9/1/85 ... 3-3 vs. George Mason

10/29/87 ... 5-3 vs. North Carolina State  (ACC Final; at Duke)

9/22/90 ... 2-3 at Connecticut

11/1/90 ... 4-3 vs. North Carolina State  (NCAA Quarterfinal)

10/19/94 ... 2-3 vs. Duke

9/12/99 ... 2-3 vs. Penn State

10/17/00 ... 2-3 at Florida State  (2 OT)

11/24/07 ... 2-3 vs. Notre Dame  (NCAA Round-of-16) 

10/22/09 ... 2-3 at Florida State

9/24/10 ... 2-3 vs. Boston College

(UConn, N.C. St. and Florida St. each have two 3-goal games vs. UNC)

MORE RARITIES – Earlier in the 2010 season, Stanford – which already was one of only 13 teams ever to post two "non-losses" (wins/ties) vs. UNC – became one of eight teams ever to register three or more wins/ties vs. UNC (0-8-3) ... others on that list: Notre Dame 4-12-2, Santa Clara 4-14-0, Florida State 2-22-2, Duke 2-41-1, George Mason 1-14-2, North Carolina State 1-40-2 and Central Florida 0-16-3 ... Stanford is 0-2-2 vs. UNC in the eight-year tenure of head coach Paul Ratcliffe (0-1-2 over the past three seasons).

• Only three teams have posted multiple "non-losses" vs. UNC at Fetzer Field (from '82-'10) ... Notre Dame has beaten UNC three times at Fetzer, Duke has two wins and a tie vs. UNC at Fetzer, and Florida State has posted two ties vs. UNC at Fetzer.

• Santa Clara (2004, round-of-16) and Notre Dame ('07, rd-of-16) are the only teams ever to beat UNC in the NCAAs, prior to the quarterfinals.

• UNC has lost only seven times in the NCAAs (106-7-1; .934).

• Only three teams (four times total; ND twice) have beaten UNC in the NCAAs on its home surface, Fetzer Field (75-3-1/.956 ... Notre Dame 1-0 in the 1995 semifinals; Santa Clara 1-0/OT in 2004 rd-of-16; Florida State 1-1 in 2005 quarterfinals/FSU advanced on PKs; and ND 3-2 in 2007 rd-of-16).

TOUGH TO BEAT
 – UNC’s all-time record (673-30-23/.943; as of 9/25/10) in 29 NCAA seasons (1982-2010) includes only 12 opponents that have totaled at least two games vs. the Tar Heels that were not losses (wins or ties) ... Notre Dame is one of those teams with two “non-losses” vs. UNC and owns one of the best win percentages from that group (.294: 4-12-2), narrowly behind Miami's .286 (2-5-0) and ahead of Santa Clara’s .211 (4-15-0) ... all other teams (besides ND, Miami and SCU) are only 20-637-21 vs. UNC (.045; as of 9/25/10), with ND and SCU accounting for roughly one-fourth of the all-time wins over UNC (8-of-29) ... later in the 2010 season, ACC foes Florida State, Duke and Miami will have the chance to join ND and SCU as teams that have beaten UNC three or more times ... here’s the list of teams with at least two wins/ties vs. UNC (series records include only NCAA-sanctioned varsity games), as of Sept. 25, 2010:

Pct. – Team (varsity record vs. UNC; since '82/NCAA games; as of 9/25/10)

.286 – Miami (2-5-0) ... all games coached by current coach Tricia Taliaferro  

.278 – Notre Dame (4-12-2) ... coach Chris Petrucelli 2-5-2; current Randy Waldrum 2-7-0

.211 – Santa Clara (4-15-0) ... all games coached by current coach Jerry Smith

.136 – Stanford (0-8-3) ... coach Berhane Andeberhan 0-1-1; Ian Sawyers 0-3-0;  Steve Swanson 0-1-0; Stephanie Erickson/Paul Sapsford 0-1-0; current Paul Ratcliffe 0-2-2

.125 – Connecticut (2-14-0) ... all games coached by current coach Len Tsantiris

.118 – George Mason (1-14-2) ... coach Hank Leung 1-12-2 ('82-'91)

.115 – Florida State (2-22-2) ... coach Patrick Baker 1-8-0; Mark Krikorian 1-6-2

.094 – Central Florida (0-13-3) ... coach Jim Rudy 0-7-1 ('82-'87); Bill Barker 0-3-2 ('88-'92)

.071 – William & Mary (1-19-1) ... all games coached by current coach John Daly

.071 – Duke (2-32-1) ... current coach Robbie Church 1-11-1

.048 – N.C. State (1-39-2) ... coach Larry Gross 0-19-2 from '84-'93

.028 – Virginia (0-34-2) ... current coach Steve Swanson 0-12-2

(As shown above, SCU's Smith has coached four wins vs. UNC while four others have led their teams to a pair of wins vs. UNC: ND's Petrucelli (also two ties) and Waldrum, UConn's Tsantiris, and Miami's Taliaferro ... GMU's Leung and FSU's Krikorian aborh have a win and two ties in their coaching careers vs. UNC ... W&M's Daly and Duke's Church each have a win and tie vs. UNC ... Stanford's Ratcliffe, UCF's Barker, NC State's Gross and UVa's Swanson all have coached their teams to a pair of ties vs. the Tar Heels.

11 other teams have one varsity win vs. UNC (since '82): South Carolina (1-1-0), Cortland State (1-1-0), Missouri-St. Louis (1-2-0), Penn State (1-4-0), Virginia Tech (1-6-0), Florida (1-8-0), UMass (1-6-0), Boston College (1-10-0), Texas A&M (1-13-0), Clemson (1-23-0) and Wake Forest (1-24-0)

Most wins plus ties (non-losses) vs. UNC

6 – Notre Dame  (4-12-2)
4 – Santa Clara  (4-15-0)
4 – Florida State  (2-22-2)
3 – Duke (2-32-1), George Mason (1-14-2), N.C. St. (1-40-2), Stanford (0-8-3), UCF (0-13-3)
2 – Miami (2-5-0), UConn (2-16-0), William & Mary (1-20-1) and Virginia (0-41-2)

Teams with multiple wins vs. UNC
4 – Notre Dame and Santa Clara
2 – Connecticut, Duke, Miami and Florida State

NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS Only five teams have knocked UNC out of the NCAAs prior to the title game ... of those teams, only one has gone on to win the NCAA title (ND, in 1995):

Team that have defeated/advanced past UNC in the NCAAs (prior to the final game)
1995 – Notre Dame (semifinals) ... beat Portland in final
2002 – Santa Clara (semifinals) ... lost to Portland in final
2004 – Santa Clara (round-of-16) ... lost to Notre Dame in semifinals
2005 – Florida State (quarterfinals/PKs) ... lost to UCLA in semifinals
2007 – Notre Dame (round-of-16) ... lost to Florida State in semifinals

Notes: UNC has advanced to the quarterfinals in 26 of its first 28 NCAA seasons (25 trips to the semifinals; 23 title-game appearances and 20 NCAA titles ... lost 1985 final vs. George Mason, 0-2 ... lost '98 final vs. Florida, 0-1 ... lost '01 final vs. Santa Clara, 0-1).

 editor@collegesoccer360.com