Carolina split its opening weekend in the Carolina Nike Classic with a 1-0 overtime loss to then-No. 6 Stanford and a bounce-back 1-0 win against unranked Ohio State.
Duke fell out of the top 25 in this week’s rankings after the 0-2 start; Stanford improved one spot to No. 5.
The Tar Heels have another tough test ahead of them this week. Carolina heads west for a two-game road trip starting against No. 1 UCLA on Friday in Los Angeles. You can see that contest on the Pac 12 Network. UNC plays Pepperdine Sunday in Malibu.
The Tar Heels will be the toughest test of the season so far for the Bruins, as they began with wins at home against Maryland and UC Irvine. UCLA tallied 3-0 victories in each contest.
In two weeks, UNC faces Penn State in the Duke Nike Classic. The Nittany Lions wowed the coaches this week making the greatest jump of any team in the polls. Penn State moved from No. 24 to No. 8 after taking down West Virginia 3-1 and a 2-0 defeat of Syracuse.