Women's Soccer Plays North Carolina Strong
October 23, 1998
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Second-half goals by sophomore forward Meredith Florance and junior defender Lorrie Fair lifted the #1-ranked University of North Carolina women's soccer to a 2-0 victory over the 23rd-ranked Maryland Terrapins Friday night before a crowd of 2,184 fans at Fetzer Field on the UNC campus.
The Terrapins put up one of the better defensive efforts of the year against the Tar Heels on Friday night, holding Carolina scoreless for 64:23 before the Tar Heels broke through on the scoreboard. UNC outshot the Terps 23-3, but Maryland goalkeeper Ali Wolff made 12 saves to keep the Tar Heels at bay most of the night.
UNC finally broke through at the 64:23 mark when Florance sent a line drive into the lower left side of the goal from about 20 yards out. Midfielders Rebekah McDowell and Tiffany Roberts assisted on the goal. Carolina tallied the insurance goal at the 72:22 mark on a scramble after a corner kick. Defender Lindsay Stoecker took a shot which hit the right post and the ball deflected directly to the foot of Fair who drove the ball into the unattended Terrapin goal.
Carolina has now won 37 matches in a row since playing to a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame on September 19, 1997 at Notre Dame, Ind., in a match that was called in the 72nd minute because of lightning.
Carolina has now gone unbeaten in its last 61 matches, going 60-0-1 since losing to Notre Dame 2-1 in overtime on October 4, 1996 in Durham, N.C. The 61-match unbeaten streak is the third-longest unbeaten streak in North Carolina women's soccer history behind a 103-game undefeated streak from 1986 to 1990 and a 101-game unbeaten streak from 1990 to 1994.
UNC (16-0-0, ACC 5-0-0) will continue play Sunday at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels will meet 13th-ranked Virginia (11-4-2, ACC 5-1-0) in the Tar Heels' final regular-season home game of the 1998 season. The Cavaliers defeated Wake Forest Friday night in Winston-Salem 1-0 in overtime. Carolina now leads the all-time series with the Terrapins 18-0. In those 18 games the Tar Heels have outscored the Terrapins 88-0.
#23 MARYLAND 0 0 - 0 #1 NORTH CAROLINA 0 2 - 2
UNC: Meredith Florance (Rebekah McDowell, Tiffany Roberts), 64:23
Shots: Maryland 3, North Carolina 23
Maryland -- Ali Wolff (GK), Lindsay Basalyga, Robin McCullough, Laura Varela, Carrie Klotz, Emily Janss, Tiffany Keyes, Abby Bausman, Emmy Harbo, Jackie Mynarski, Courtney Beirne
North Carolina -- Siri Mullinix (GK), Tiffany Roberts, Rebekah McDowell, Lorrie Fair, Lindsaey Stoecker, Raven McDonald, Tina Murphy, Cindy Parlow, Meredith Florance, Danielle Borgman, Jena Kluegel
Officials: Avner Koldaro (Referee), Ken Towler (Senior Assistant Referee), Larry Buffaloe (Assistant Referee), Matt Grove (4th Official)
Records: Maryland 8-7-1, ACC 3-3-0; North Carolina 16-0-0, ACC 5-0-0