The team thought it was the right thing to do especially in light of three recent suicides on campus in just the last six weeks.
"As a soccer team, we have a platform," said Madi Pry, a midfielder from Pinehurst, who helped organize the event. "We have Twitter and Instagram and we have a ton of followers."
Messages of support all over Dorrance Field tonight as @uncwomenssoccer honors mental health awareness. The organizer tells me a lot of this was in reaction to the three recent suicides on campus #abc11 @UNC pic.twitter.com/OJaOvAkVDt— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) October 21, 2021
The team wrote and hung 40 green posters around the stadium with messages of support.
Green is the color for mental health awareness.
Fans could also take and blow up a yellow balloon as they entered Dorrance Field and write the name of someone who has gone through mental health struggles.
"I think the motivation that came from this is just that we wanted to show the community how much we love them and that we're supporting them," Pry said, a junior.
Three seats were left at the end of the bench to honor the three students. Another was left to honor Pry's friend from high school who she lost in the past month.
There was also a moment of silence before tonight’s @uncwomenssoccer @FSUSoccer and a few blows of the whistle. @madipry12 organized this whole night for #mentalhealth awareness #abc11 pic.twitter.com/fAf43gq0Q4— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) October 22, 2021
"He was such a light in my life so I was like how can I take his life, honor it and be lights in other people's lives but none of this would've happened without our team," she said. "We wanted to make it a place where everyone is comfortable."
Amanda Brantley brought her three daughters to the game.
"We know it's a big game for them for the conference so we're super excited to cheer them on," she said. "We've supported the team all season and especially it means a lot to support them and make sure they know they are loved and supported by their fans locally."
The game against the top-ranked Seminoles ended in a 2-2 draw.