Lots of soccer on our plate today! Let's take it one at a time.
- The UNC Tar Heels (16-2-3) are three of the ACC teams in the NCAA soccer College Cup, which kicks off tonight at 5 p.m., when Virginia plays Wake Forest.
Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Tar Heels play the undefeated University of Akron Zips. If the UNC men are going to complete the double after the women secured the national championship last weekend, they will have to get past the nation's only undefeated team. The Zips' attack is led by super-sophomore striker Teal Bunbury, who has 17 goals this season, Darlington Nagbe (10 goals) and Anthony Ampaipitakwong (8 goals).
Can Akron complete their 23-0-0 dream season by wresting the championship trophy from the dominant ACC? We shall see, but here's a little bad news for UNC: Akron's defense has not yielded a goal in its three tournament games.
- Not coincidentally, area teenage soccer prospects from around the nation are playing this weekend at the Capital Area Soccer League's "CASL visitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series Boys Showcase." Approximately 7,000 players from 335 teams across the country will be competing for the attention of hundreds of college coaches. Here's the coverage in the N&O, which is too polite to call the event a meat market!
- And finally (for now): The Damned United opens in area theaters tonight. It's a great movie, check it out. Here's the review we published in the Independent this week.