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The North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. The team has won 19 of the 21 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, and 19 of the 27 NCAA national championships.

History

The UNC women's soccer team began as a club team established by students looking for high level competition. In 1977, they petitioned the UNC Athletic Director, Bill Coby, to take the club to the varsity level. Coby asked Dorrance, then the UNC men's soccer coach to assess the club's ability to transition to varsity status. Dorrance was impressed by the team, then coached by Mike Byers to recommend the school form a women's soccer team. Coby agreed and hired Dorrance as head coach, with Byers as an assistant, for the 1978 season. That year, the Tar Heels played an essentially club schedule, including games against high school teams. However, in 1979, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, at the prompting of Dorrance and University of Colorado coach, Chris Lidstone, established a national women's soccer program. At the time, UNC had the only varsity women's soccer team in the Southeast and this allowed Dorrance to recruit the top talent in the region. In 1981, he recruited one of the most talented freshman squads in the history of women's soccer. Eight of those recruits won starting positions and took the team to the first, and only, AIAW national championship. This group would set the tone for Tar Heels soccer for down through its history. As Dorrance recalls it, "These were the true pioneers. They were given nothing. They were accustomed to taking things and so they weren't as genteel as the sort of young ladies we can recruit now. . . They were the sort of girls who would go downtown, burn it to the ground, . . . But then, they were on time for every single practice and in practice they worked themselves until they were bleeding and throwing up. They had a tremendous commitment to victory and to personal athletic excellence. And for that I admired them because they were a tremendous group. And even though, off the field, I think they all hated each other. But once the game began, there was a collective fury that just intimidated everyone they played against." Building on that competitive drive, the Tar Heels went on to win the first three NCAA championships, and dominate the sport for years to come.

All-Time Record

  Year   Head Coach   Overall   ACC   ACC Tournament     NCAA Tournament  
1979   Anson Dorrance   10-2-0 - - -
1980 21-5-0 - - AIAW Semifinals
1981 23-0-0 - - AIAW Champions
1982 19-2-0 - - Champions
1983 19-1-0 - - Champions
1984 24-0-1 - - Champions
1985 18-2-1 - - Runner Up
1986 24-0-1 - - Champions
1987 23-0-1 3-0-0 - Champions
1988 18-0-3 1-0-1 Runner Up Champions
1989 24-0-1 4-0-0 Champions Champions
1990 20-1-1 4-0-0 Champions Champions
1991 24-0-0 4-0-0 Champions Champions
1992 25-0-0 4-0-0 Champions Champions
1993 23-0-0 4-0-0 Champions Champions
1994 25-1-1 5-1-0 Champions Champions
1995 25-1-0 7-0-0 Champions Semifinals
1996 25-1-0 7-0-0 Champions Champions
1997 27-0-1 7-0-0 Champions Champions
1998 25-1-0 7-0-0 Champions Runner Up
1999 24-2-0 7-0-0 Champions Champions
2000 21-3-0 4-3-0 Champions Champions
2001 24-1-0 7-0-0 Champions Runner Up
2002 21-2-4 4-1-2 Champions Semifinals
2003 27-0-0 7-0-0 Champions Champions
2004 20-1-2 9-0-0 Runner Up Third Round
2005 23-1-1 9-1-0 Champions Quarterfinals
2006 27-1-0 10-0-0 Champions Champions
2007 19-5-1 9-1-0 Champions Third Round
2008 25-1-2 9-0-1 Champions Champions
2009 17-3-1 9-3-0 Champions -


Individual honors

National Coach of the Year:



ACC Coach of the Year:

  • Anson Dorrance - 1982, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006


Hermann Trophy:



ACC Player of the Year:
  • Mia Hamm - 1990, 1992, 1993
  • Cindy Parlow - 1998


ACC Offensive Player of the Year:

ACC Rookie of the Year:
  • Tisha Venturini - 1991
  • Cindy Parlow - 1995
  • Laurie Schway - 1996
  • Lindsay Tarpley - 2002


NCAA Tournament MVP:

Offensive Player of the NCAA Tournament:
  • April Heinrichs - 1985, 1986
  • Kristine Lilly - 1989, 1990
  • Mia Hamm - 1992, 1993
  • Tisha Venturini - 1994
  • Debbie Keller - 1996
  • Robin Confer - 1997
  • Susan Bush - 1999
  • Meredith Florance - 2000
  • Heather O’Reilly - 2003, 2006


Defensive Player of the Tournament:
  • Sue Cobb - 1983
  • Carla Overbeck - 1988
  • Tracy Bates - 1989
  • Tisha Venturini - 1991
  • Staci Wilson - 1994
  • Nel Fettig - 1996
  • Siri Mullinix - 1997
  • Lorrie Fair - 1999
  • Cat Reddick - 2000, 2003
  • Robin Gayle - 2006


First Team All America Selection: As of 2006, North Carolina had 62 players gain first-team All American recognition. The next two schools with the greatest number of All Americans were tied with twenty-two each.

References

  1. "2007 North Carolina Women's Soccer Media Guide." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on March 23, 2008.
  2. EXPLAINING VARIATION IN THE SEX COMPOSITION OF COACHES FOR WOMEN’S INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC TEAMS
  3. Interview with Anson Dorrance, June 11, 1991
  4. "Official 2006 NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Records Book." ncaa.org. Retrieved on March 23, 2008.



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