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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, August 28, 198733
Dorraece: confident of
success as: men's soccer
aims for rare NCAA bid
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Junior Mike McGowan should play
unners looking to race
ahead of State this year
By patton Mcdowell
Assistant Sports Editor
The 1987 editions of the men's and
women's cross country teams have
made it through a long and hot
summer of training. Now they will
take aim at a successful fall season.
The men's cross country team
finished just behind archrival N.C.
State last year, and despite the loss
of All-America Jim Farmer, third
year coach Dennis Craddock expects
his squad to be right on the heels of
the Wolfpack, ACC champions in
We have a really good group this
year. They are young, but they have
worked hard, and should give N.C.
State a strong challenge," Craddock
The Wolfpack runners will indeed
be imposing, as all of the members
from last year's championship team
return. The Tar Heels, however, hope
that 1986 was only a one-year setback
from the form that earned them the
ACC title and a fifth-place national
finish in 1985.
Senior Reggie Harris has worked
hard to gain the top spot on the Tar
Heel squad, after finishing 1986 as
the No. 2 man. This year has already
been good to the product of T.C.
Roberson High in Asheville. Harris
won the ACC outdoor 10,000 meter
championship in the spring.
Junior Mike McGowan returns as
one of the top runners in the
conference. The native of Toronto
finished 11th at the 1986 ACC
Championships, and would have
continued on into NCAA competi
tion had he not been sidelined with
Eric Landis, a senior from Char
lotte, should be one of the team's top
runners and continued consistent
performances are expected from him.
Landis placed 22nd at last year's
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a key role for UNC cross country
ACCs. Sophomore Johan Boakes
hopes to ease into the 1987 season
following intense summer training.
The. Brighton, England native is av
former junior world record-holder in
the outdoor 1,000.
Some new faces on the men's team
should add depth and strength for
several seasons to come. Freshman
Paul Carpenter is a transfer from
Brevard Junior College, where he was
a 1986 Juco All-America. Another
freshman, Mike Clinebell, arrives
from Boone, where he won the state
4-A cross country and 2-mile cham
pionships in 1985.
The women's team finished sixth
in last year's ACC championships,
but an excellent recruiting class and
the return of a strong group of
runners has Craddock optimistic
about a climb in the standings.
Vicki Verindera senior from Great
Falls, Va., will be counted on to lead
a relatively young team. Verinder
finished 17th at last year's ACC
championships. Another senior,
Heather Zimmerman, is a four-year
veteran who should provide consist
ent scoring. Her top finishes came at
the Tar Heel Invitational and the
ODU Invitiational, where she fin
Veteran middle-distance runner
Monica Witterholt will move up to
cross country this year and should
be a welcome addition. Witterholt
improved steadily during the 1987
track season, finishing sixth at the
ACC Champiopnships in the 800.
The future is indeed bright for the
women as well, with the arrival of
several outstanding prospects, includ
ing Jamie Newman, the state cross
country champion from Chapel Hill
High School. Another outstanding
UNC recruit from across the Atlantic,
Michelle Faherty, is nationally
ranked in the undef-1 8 age group.
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By CHRIS SPENCER j
Staff Writer v
Tar Heel men's soccer coach
Anson Dorrance likes talking
about the prospects for his 1987
"I cant remember a pre-season
IVe been so excited about the
upcoming year," he said, as he
watched his players warm up for
a scrimmage with Old Dominion.
"I'm really excited about this team
and their attitude in general." '
Last year's squad finished with
a 13-7-1 record, despite a 1-4-1
mark and a sixth-place showing
in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Twelve lettermen return to the
team, which opens its season Sept.
1 by hosting defending NCAA
Division I champion Duke at 4
p.m. at Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels' 18-match season
also includes South Florida, Clem
son, George Mason, American,
Virginia, N.C. State, Maryland
and South Carolina on the slate.
"Our schedule is excellent,"
Dorrance said. "If we play well,
it will get us an NCAA bid. We
have the chance to show in more
than one or two games what we
can do." j
All-America candidate and
team captain David Smyth leads
the Tar Heels. He was switched
to defense after finishing 1986 with
eight goals and five assists.
"David had a tremendous year
last year and has the potential to
be one of our great leaders this
season," Dorrance said. "He broke
his foot in the spring, but worked
Very hard over the summer to
Last season, Smyth was second
team All-ACC, and played for the
U.S. Olympic Festival East team
this summer. i
Dorrance is also very impressed
with sophomore midfielder Chad
Ashton and senior midfielder Reid
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Women linksters to play four autumn tournaments in 1987 J
By CLAY HODGES
As the fall season rolls around and
students prepare for the 1987 aca
demic year, UNC varsity athletes are
gearing up for their respective sports
schedules. The UNC women's golf
team is no exception, and will
compete in four golf tournaments in
the next two months.
The Tar Heels will travel to Tal
lahassee, Florida, for their initial
tournament of the fall schedule. The
Ladies Seminole Invitational will be
played September 25th through, the
27th. A week later, October ;4th
through the 6th, the team will travel
to Memphis, Tennessee, to compete
in the Memphis State Invitational
The Lady Cat Invitational,
October 15-16, is the third tourna
ment for the women's golf team, and
will be played at the University of
Kentucky in Lexington. The Tar
Heels complete their fall schedule in
Chapel Hill with the Lady Tar Heel
"Chad had an outstanding
freshman year and has one of the
best attitudes IVe ever seen," he
said. "Reid is playing the best IVe
ever seen him play. He's playing
intelligently after an excellent
Dorrance had similar raves for
back Donald Cogsville, another
Olympic Festival participant.
"Donald is one of the most athlet
ically gifted players ever to play
here," Dorrance said. "With the
right mentality and tactical devel
opment, he could be a professional
From pre-season workouts, the
other projected starters are goal
keeper Darren Royer, fullbacks
Steve Dragisics and Marc Buffin,
midfielder Dino Megaloudis,
foward John Cocking, and two
newcomers, junior college Ail
American foward Jim Gourlay
and freshman Derrick Missimo.
Last year's co-leading scorer,
Tommy Nicholson, is being red
shirted this season after injuring
a shoulder in 1986, but Dorrance
"Tommy has been a consistent
presence for us, but we are not
a one-man team," he said.
New on the schedule this year
is the first ACC Tournament in
men's soccer, an event Dorrance
feels is long overdue.
"It's a good thing for soccer in
this area," he said. "It will be a
huge draw both for the media and
Like Dorrance, Smyth has high
hopes for the season ahead.
"We have a good nucleus of
players on this team," he said.
"This is the best team IVe played
for since IVe been here."
Dorrance agrees. "In terms of
experience, we should be able to
challenge anyone in the country,"
Dorrance said. "We want to prove
that we're an NCAA caliber
Invitational, October 23rd through
the 25th. The tournament will be
played on Finley Golf Course.
Dot Gunnells, who is in her 13th
year as coach of the women's golf
team, will showcase junior Donna
Andrews, who is the top returnee
from last year's squad with a 77.2
average. Andrews, a native of Lynch
burg, Virginia, tied for 23rd in the
NCAA tournament last year with
four rounds of 77-73-74-76 for a total
Andrews was second in average last
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Prospective All-America Dave Smyth
season to Katie Peterson, who posted
a 77.1 average. However, Peterson
graduated last May, and the under
classmen will be called' upon to take
up the slack.
Junior Suzy McGuire posted a 79.7
average last season over 15 rounds,
and the Syracuse, New York native
will be a strong contributor for the
Sherry Hundley will also be return
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will move to the front line in 1 887
for an 82.2 average.
Julie Purdy, a sophomore from'
Orlando, Florida, posted a disap-,-,i
pointing 89.3 average last season. Onen
hopes she will improve on that this
season. Sophomore Jan Dixon wilf V
also be a part of the 1987-88 team.
The keys for the team then, are a'"
productive summer of practice and
improvement and lower individual
averages. If those factors come
together, the Tar Heels should be
competitive in all four fall
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