The University of North Carolina women's soccer team has reached the point at which simple numbers no longer tell the story. Sure, the Tar Heels have won seven of the last eight national championships; their record in 10-plus seasons is 189-7-7; the "disastrous" 1985 season, when they were 18-2-1, produced the team's only losses since the opening game in 1983. But enough of the dull stuff. Those creative folks in Chapel Hill's athletic department decided to have some fun with the numbers: During the current unbeaten streak -- 77 games, a women's record -- the Tar Heels have trailed for 18 minutes 31 seconds of the 7,020 minutes, or .002 percent of the time. On a per-game basis, their average lead is for 89:48 of 90 minutes. They trailed George Mason for 5:10 in 1986 and North Carolina State for 8:05 last season. And after Hardin-Simmons grabbed a 1-0 lead early in this year's season opener, the Tar Heels scored the next nine goals. They're currently 7-0. Since the second coaches' poll in 1986, North Carolina has been ranked first in the nation every week. The Tar Heels' seven national titles are the most in Atlantic Coast Conference history in any sport, men's or women's. But the players say they don't much care about the numbers. "We don't think about it," said freshman forward Mia Hamm, from Burke and Lake Braddock High School. "If you asked me what the streak was up to, I wouldn't know. I don't think any of the players know." "A lot of people on campus ask me, 'How many games is it now?' " fifth-year senior Tracey Bates said. "But it's not really our motivation. We just try to take each game at a time and try to win the championship again." In what was supposed to be one of their toughest regular season tests Sunday, the Tar Heels stopped N.C. State, 3-0. They will make their only area appearance Oct. 7-8 at the Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) tournament in Northern Virginia. Bates, who broke her foot and sat out last season, is the only member of this year's squad who has suffered a North Carolina loss. It came on Nov. 24, 1985, in Fairfax when George Mason shocked the Tar Heels, 2-0, in the NCAA championship game. "I remember it very well," said Bates, who injured her knee last weekend and will miss at least five weeks. "We lost to Massachusetts that year too. I guess you could say it was a bad year." Hamm, an All-Met selection last spring, has been with the national team for more than two years. She grew up in Wichita Falls, Tex., but when the Air Force transferred her father to Washington, she enrolled at Lake Braddock. After sitting out her junior year because of eligibility rules, Hamm scored 27 goals last spring as the Bruins won the state AAA title. "I've done some things this year I didn't expect," said Hamm, who had six goals in six games before a leg injury sidelined her last week. "I didn't think I would score as much, but it helps to be surrounded by great players. They make it easy." The dynasty's architect is Anson Dorrance, who, until this fall, coached the men's and women's program. Dorrance said he is most proud of the teams' progress from virtual obscurity 10 years. "I have more time to relax," Dorrance said, with a laugh. "The days are much more enjoyable. I'm not coaching the men anymore, but I still feel a part of it. The women's team gets most of my attention now." After losing 1988's talented senior class, Dorrance replaced them with three freshmen who, in many ways, already are on the same level. Hamm and forward-midfielder Kristine Lilly play for Dorrance on the U.S. national team and midfielder Sarina Wiegman is a member of the Dutch national squad. Dorrance has depth too. Since senior defender Ava Hyatt incurred a season-ending knee injury, Burke's Emily Rice has filled in nicely. "I always thought we had the potential to build a great program," Dorrance said. "We just wanted to be competitive every year and with the support of the university, we knew it was possible. But I never dreamed we would accomplish what we have."