CHAPEL HILL– NCAA Tournament action gets underway for the Carolina men’s soccer team (8-5-5) Thursday night at Fetzer Field when they kick things off against South Florida.

UNC, once ranked as the top team in the nation earlier in the season, has struggled to get their offense on par with their stingy defense for much of the 2013 campaign.

Now, the Tar Heels will strive to advance past the first round in a postseason where the program owns a 29-17-6 overall mark. In fact, UNC has appeared in 14 of the last 15 NCAA Tournaments.

Thursday will be the seventh match-up between the Bulls and Tar Heels. Carolina hasn’t lost to USF since 1982.

But the Bulls come into the contest off a thrilling win over No.11 Connecticut to claim the American Athletic Conference Tournament title Sunday.

Don’t be surprised if this one is a defensive struggle as both teams rank among the national leaders in goals allowed.

Tickets will be free to all UNC students. The 7 p.m. Thursday match will also be streamed online on GoHeelsTV.