Stanford Posts Rare "Non-Loss" at UNC

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

SEEEING RED – Over the past couple weeks, two teams – Texas A&M (3-0 loss; series now 1-13-0) and Stanford (2-2 tie; 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): 

• The Cardinal nearly became only the 20th different team ever to beat UNC, in 29 NCAA-sanctioned seasons ... it would have been only the 30th all-time loss for UNC in those 29 seasons (667-29-23/.944) ... 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).

• Stanford already was one of only 13 teams ever to post two "non-losses" (wins/ties) vs. UNC and now is 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.

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Stanford All-American Christen Press (left) scored the game's first goal and had several other strong scoring chances, in Friday's 2-2 tie at North Carolina (UNC players, from left, are Crystal Dunn, Megan Brigman and Rachel Wood) ... photo courtesy of UNC/Jeff Camarati.

• UNC still has lost only eight times at home (286-8-7/.962; in 29 NCAA-sanctioned seasons, since '82) ... Stanford's 2-2 game at UNC on Aug. 27, 2010, marked only the 15th time in those 29 seasons that UNC has suffered a loss/tie at home.

• 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, rd-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 have beaten UNC in the NCAAs on its home surface, Fetzer Field (75-3-1/.956 ... Notre Dame 1-0 in 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 (667-29-23) 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 19-631-21 vs. UNC (.044), 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 Aug. 28, 2010:


Pct. – Team (record vs. UNC)
.286 – Miami (2-5-0) ... all games coached by Tricia Taliaferro  

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

.211 – Santa Clara (4-15-0) ... all games coached by 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; Paul Ratcliffe 0-2-2

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

.118 – George Mason (1-14-2)

.115 – Florida State (2-22-2)

.094 – Central Florida (0-13-3)

.071 – William & Mary (1-19-1)

.071 – Duke (2-32-1)

.048 – N.C. State (1-39-2)

.028 – Virginia (0-34-2)

10 other teams have one win vs. UNC: 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 (1-7-0), UMass (1-7-0), 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  (4-14-0)
4 – Florida State  (2-22-2)
3 – Duke (2-41-1), George Mason (1-14-2), N.C. St. (1-40-2), Stanford (0-8-3), UCF (0-16-3)
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