Nov. 1, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Maryland women's soccer team posted its first positive result against 17-time national champion North Carolina and its best result ever against a team ranked in the top two in the nation as the No. 23 Terps tied the No. 2 Tar Heels, 1-1 in the double overtime, on Friday night at Fetzer Field.
The Terps (11-6-1, 3-3-1 ACC) had previously lost all 18 matches to North Carolina dating to 1987, the start of its varsity program. The Tar Heels (14-1-4, 4-1-2 ACC) clinch the outright title in the ACC and will be the No. 1 seed at next week's ACC Tournament at Florida State.
The Terps can finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the league based on the outcome of Saturday's Duke/Wake Forest and Florida State/Virginia matches.
"I am very excited with this result," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who won four national championships at North Carolina from 1986-89. "We competed with them throughout the game. We had many opportunities and possessed the ball giving us many chances in the game."
Junior captain Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.) tied the game at 1-1 as her throw-in deflected off UNC midfielder Anne Felts in the 48th minute.
The goal was the second of Givens' career and marked the second time this season one of her throw-ins resulted in a goal as an own goal was credited when she had a throw-in against Duke on Sept. 27.
The goal was just the Terps' second ever against North Carolina, as Courtney Beirne scored Maryland's first-ever goal against UNC last season.
The Terps had a chance to win the game the end of regulation as Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) blasted a shot from the top of the box that was stopped by UNC keeper Aly Winget with 19 second left on the clock.
Maryland secured its best-ever result with North Carolina as it sent the game to overtime.
In the 18 previous meetings with UNC, the Terps closest game was a two-goal margin, which they lost 2-0 in 1998 and 3-1 last season, when the Terps scored their first-ever goal vs. UNC.
Anne Morrell put the Tar Heels on top 1-0 as she converted a give-and-go from freshman Lindsay Tarpley in the 14th minute. Morrell shot the ball over Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill into the top right corner of the net.
Barnhill equaled her career-high with seven saves in the match. UNC keepers Jenni Branam and Aly WInget split time combining for seven saves.
The Terps will finish fourth through sixth in the ACC as they await the final seedings based on Saturday's matches between Duke/Wake Forest and Virginia/Florida State. The 2002 ACC Tournament begins next Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. at noon.
Check umterps.com for the latest on the Terps' ACC Tournament fate.
No. 23 Maryland (11-6-1, 3-3-1) 0-1=1
No. 2 North Carolina (14-1-4, 4-1-2) 1-0=1
Goals: Maryland: Lindsay Givens (unassisted) 47:52. North Carolina: Anne Morrell (Lindsay Tarpley) 13:32.
Goalkeepers: Maryland: Kristen Barnhill (110:00, 1 GA, 7 saves). North Carolina: Jenni Branam (34:38, 0 GA, 2 saves), Aly Winget (75:22, 1 GA, 5 saves).
Team Stats: Maryland: Shots 5-7-0-2=14, Corner Kicks 1-1-0-2=4, Saves 2-5-0-0=7, Fouls 0-8-1-1=10, Offsides 4-2-0-0=6. North Carolina: Shots 7-9-1-2=19, Corner Kicks 3-3-1-2=9, Saves 2-5-0-0=7, Fouls 11-3-3-1=18, Offsides 1-1-0-0=2.
Cards: Maryland: Katie Ludwig (Yellow at 80:06).