Yes, because the game was a friendly, one could argue that it didn't really matter. But New Zealand hasn't beaten or tied the U.S. in 26 years. So in that respect, the 1-1 draw Wednesday night might just matter.
Graham Hays runs down the teams that will challenge North Carolina's supremacy and the players who will take Heather O'Reilly's place in the spotlight.
After failing to make the College Cup in the previous two seasons, some thought North Carolina was down and out. With one goal, Heather O'Reilly quieted those critics.
One of the busiest students in North Carolina, Heather O'Reilly isn't a typical college senior. She balances her time between the U.S. women's national soccer team and starring for the Tar Heels.