Women’s Soccer Hosts VCU To Open Exhibition Season

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina women’s soccer team will host 2021 Atlantic 10 regular season champion VCU in an exhibition match Sunday, August 7, at 11 am at Dorrance Field.

Admission is free.

It’s the first of two exhibition games for the Tar Heels, who are ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. Carolina will welcome 2021 NCAA Tournament runner-up BYU, ranked No. 3 in the preseason, to Chapel Hill on August 13.

The Tar Heels return 10 players that started 11 or more games last season led by second-team All-America defender Maycee Bell. Sophomore Emily Coltonan All-ACC Freshman Team selection, and junior Avery Patterson also returned after ranking one and two on the team in scoring a year ago, respectively.

Junior Sam Meza was a second-team All-ACC and second-team all-region midfielder in 2021, scoring two goals and distributing one assist in 16 matches. She was one of eight players to play more than 970 minutes for the Heels last season.

The Tar Heels return 24 letterwinners and welcome nine true freshmen to the squad, along with the return of redshirt freshman. Ally Sentnorwho missed the entire 2021 season after suffering a season-ending injury in the exhibition game against UNCW.

Sentnor and junior Talia DellaPeruta are currently playing with the United States Women’s Youth National Team at the Under-20 World Cup in Costa Rica. The US opens play against Ghana on August 11.

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