Win 14 national championships and you risk falling into the ho-hum
file. Not a chance this year. The Carolina
women's soccer team put two straight
losses to Notre Dame behind them and
defeated the Irish 1--0 Dec. 8 to take back
the NCAA crown in Santa Clara, Cali[
The final game went scoreless through
one overtime period, and senior forward
Debbie Keller headed in the winner with
9:04 to play in the second overtime.
Keller had assists on the goal from Tiffany
Roberts and Rakel Karvelsson. Roberts
passed across the goalie box to Karvelsson,
whose header was deflected by the Irish
goalie to set up Keller's shot.
"Tiffmade an awesome cross, and Rake!
did a great job offlicking the ball back to
me," said Keller, who scored the 16th
game-winning goal of her career. "All I had
to do was get a head on it. Tiffand Rakel
did all the work. This is a great feeling, a
great way to leave North Carolina."
Carolina got to the final game with a
2-1 win over Santa Clara. Notre Dame
beat Portland 3-2 in the semifinals.
For Carolina it was the 13th NCAA
championship in 15 ever held. The other
was an AlAW title. Carolina's only loss
during the season was in October to the
Irish, who also had beaten the Heels in
last year's national semifinal game.
Sellout crowds of8,800-the largest
ever for an NCAA women's soccer
match- watched both of Carolina's
always says never to
of his great tean1S
over another," said
UNC Coach Anson
Dorrance ' 74. "But
honestly, winning in
an atmosphere like
this has a greater
thrill for me."
The Heels swept individual honors in
the Final Four, with Keller voted the tour-
nament's most valuable offensive player
and junior Ne! Fettig the top defender.
Joining them on the all-Final Four team
were forwards Cindy Parlow and Robin
Confer, midfielders Laurie Schwoy and
Lorrie Fair, and defender Staci Wilson. I
Below: The UNC women's soccer team celebrates
its 1996 national championship victory over Notre
Dame. David Gonzalez/NCAA Plwtos
)ft1'l"'''1I~1I!I' 74 to bring
."lIlt1r'l class that's
~_" !!J;""'_-,"'!'" belt he has seen
that includes 14
natronal championships and a
"It's a wonderful gesture,
and the class they brought in
was superb," Dorrance said.
"To be honest, It wasn't a
surprise. These are people
who would do anything for
'" !... ,oW approach Dorrance
about Jiving back some of
their grants. Four teammates
followed, including striker
Cindy Parlow, midfielders
Sarah Dacey and Meg Uritus,
and defender Amy Roberts.
Roberts said that she was
looking out for the team's
well-being when she gave
back her scholarship.
"Being a senior and a
leader, it's one way to lead
by example," she said. "In the
long run, being asked to play
was enough for me. I didn't
feel I had room to be selfish.
I was happy I was offered a
grant in the first place."
Last season the Tar Heels
failed to win the national
championship for the first
time in 10 years as the season
ended with a 1-0 loss to
Notre Dame in the NCAA
semifinals. Dorrance faced the
recruiting season with only
one partial scholarship left
to attract a class that could
put the team back on top.
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