So, I'll admit it. I was a little hesitant to talk big during the summer months and during the preseason about how my Tarheels would do this year. The prospect of ALL those freshmen combined with losing Pause, Stokes, Crawford, Testo, Kneipper, Gell, etc...I just didn't know if they would get results. Many on these boards have ripped into UNC in the past, especially Elmar for being an underachiever with the talent that he gets. I'm not ready to proclaim dominance or even to say that we won't be 6th in the ACC (Clemson was 5th last year and was a pretty darn good team.) But here's to all those haters out there who said Carolina would tumble this year---5-0-1, and getting better as the year progresses. The win over VCU today was, I think, a foreshadowing of things to come. UNC doesn't have the offensive firepower of the last couple years. The young guns from the U17's are very good, though some seem to be having a little trouble adjusting to the physical nature of the D-1 game(esp. Ashe). Yet, the Heels grinded and grinded, created a few chances, and then made the most of a free kick in OT to win. Another win, another good result... For all the talk on the Furman boards about Allison's talent or lack thereof, Elmar has made some moves in the last couple of years that seem to be really smart. He has converted Tim Merritt, an attacking center mid, to a center back(a la Logan Pause a year ago.) Oh, I know Merritt played as a wing back a year ago, but he was a dangerous attacker coming through the youth ranks and is dangerous when he comes up for set pieces(Michigan game winner). One of the other backs is senior Sean McGinty, a former youth national teamer as a forward. You throw in Grant POrter and you have 3 guys from the 2001 championship team solidifying the back. By keeping the experience there, you gain stability and let the young guns have their way up top. Their mistakes there don't hurt as much and the brilliance that they are capable of is greatly rewarded. As a final side note, Marcus Storey is answering critics left and right. He was magical on Friday night against Michigan. Today vs. VCU he seemed to get knocked up a bit, and was almost invisible for much of the 2nd half. Then the OT came and Marcus took over the game. Two nutmegs in a 2 minute span led to chances for UNC. IN all fairness, the one he pulled in the corner and then crosssed to Watson should have been finished and ended the game. But the 2nd one led to the attack that the free kick came from, and the rest is history. He has 5 goals, against teams like St. Johns, UConn, VCU...not exactly the walkovers that he used to score against. It remains to be seen how many he can put in against the ACC, but even without scoring he an absolutely take over the game. The kid can flat out fly, and has an incredible sense of flair. He's worth the price of admission(what other cliches can I throw in there?) Well, it's been enough ranting for me for right now. Here's to a win in C-ville!!