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Women's soccer returns 8 starters;-;
Tar Heels should dominate again ?
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Senior Wendy Gebauer Is a driving force behind UNCMs women soccer dynasty
By CHRIS SPENCER
Assistant Sports Editor
Quick! Name the last sports dyn
asty that reigned in this state. Cant
think of it? That's okay. What about
in this region! Still drawing a blank,
The truth is, there hasn't been one
ever. Except the one that has
blossomed right here in Chapel Hill.
You see, the UNC women's soccer
team is coming off its second straight
NCAA national championship, and
its seventh in eight seasons. Last
year's squad finished 23-0-1 and set
NCAA records for most shutouts in
a season (22) and fewest goals allowed
as a team (2). The Tar Heels are in
the midst of a 49-game unbeaten
streak and are eight games shy of their
own NCAA record, set in 1983-85.
And this year's squad could be
more dominating than some of those
brutal teams of the past, according
to Tar Heel coach Anson Dorrance,
who has. a career record of 164-7-4
in his nine-year stint as coach.
But the team could have problems,
Dorrance insists. This summer, senior
midfielder Tracey Bates, a two-time
Ail-American, went down with a
broken bone in her foot, and the 4-foot-11
sparkplug is gone for the
"Well treat it as a graduation loss,"
Dorrance said. "So now we're looking
to replace three starters, in addition
to Carrie Serwetnyk and Keath
But the key to this team, in addition
to how it will react to losing Bates,
is its freshmen class. Two of them
could make an immediate impact
Lisa Owen, out of West Deptford,
N.J., is challenging sophomore Laura
Boone for the left fullback position,
and Louellen Poore, from Tampa,
FL, will replace Bates.
"Lisa was the New Jersey player
of the year last season," Dorrance
said, "and Louellen will be inexpe
rienced, but she's got a lot of talent
and seems very willing to learn."
Overall, though, the Tar Heels
return some very experienced players.
In the goal will be senior Anne
Sherow, a steady performer who
holds the NCAA record for shutouts.
Sherow allowed only one goal in
1,712 minutes last season, a .05 goals
Two first-team All-Americans
return on defense, which should mean
a few more shutouts this season. At
sweeper, junior Carla Werden will
provide a very strong last line of
defense. All junior stopper Lori
Henry did last year was nail down
the ACC player-of-the-year honors.
Both spent their summer playing for
the U.S. national team.
"Carla is the top sweeper in the
U.S.," Dorrance said, "and Lori is
consistently known as the best
defender in America. We should be
pretty solid in the defense."
At the wing back positions, senior
Andrea Zeman will fill the left
position, while Boone and Owen
contend for the other one. "With
more improvement, Andrea can
challenge for the U.S. national team,"
Dorrance said. "She's worked very
hard to get in shape, and she should
have a great fall."
The midfield is the heart of a soccer
team, and the Tar Heels are in good
shape with theirs. Juniors Ava Hyatt
and Shannon Higgins, who scored
goals in each of the three NCAA
tournament games last fall, return to
their respective right wing and center
midfield positions, and the two play
"Technically, Shannon and Wendy
Gebauer are the best players in
America, and Shannon is a great
organizer for us," Dorrance said.
"Ava is an excellent player whose
strong qualities are her fighting power
and individual flair."
Topping off the squad are the
forwards, and once again experienced
players return. Gebauer is a senior
who led the ACC in scoring last
season with 15 goals and 10 assists.
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lot of other schools have done this
and sometimes of a bigger nature."
Swofford said the project really got
going in mid-August, when about 12
extra work crews were brought in
from Texas. The crews have been
working straight through nightfall to
make up for lost time.
When the Sooners come to town
Sept. 10, game which will be televised
nationally by ESPN, fans will notice
a wide range of improvements in the
venerable arena. The old press box
has been knocked out and replaced
by 2,100 midfield seats, bringing
Kenan's seating capacity to 52,000.
The new, state-of-the-art press
facility sits atop the upper deck on
the south side of the field. It will
stretch for some 80 yards, from 10-yard-line
In addition, the chancellor's box
has been moved and enlarged, and
lounges for ex-Tar Heel lettermen
and the Educational Foundation
have been built. All three areas are
located on the south side.
But the most noticeable and sig
nificant change is the installation of
permanent stadium lights. The system
is similar to the one installed at
Wrigley Field, home of baseball's
Chicago Cubs, and will enable UNC By BRENDAN MATHEWS
to finish its first two home games this Writer
season under the lights. . They often go unnoticed. There are
Prior to this season, UNC had no packed stadiums cheering them
played only two "night"-games in on, no fans smeared: with Carolina
Kenan Stadium once in 1984 blue paint chanting their names, and
against Duke and last season against no one stands in line in the pouring
Clemson. Both games started at 4 rain for tickets to watch them,
p.m. and were made possible by the But it is because of this relative
introduction of portable lights lifted obscurity that cross country runners
by cranes above both sides of the have maintained a special dignity
stadium. among athletes. Their sport, running
Another significant improvement outdoors, free of the confines of the
is the installation of bleacher seating arena, is perhaps the oldest and most
for about 400 high school coaches in elemental of all disciplines. The side-
the east end zone, a move designed show quality of sports, manifested by
to improve the program's previously garish uniforms and hot-dogging for
sagging relationship with the area's the sake of the crowd, is thankfully
prep mentors. Also, teams entering absent.
and exiting the locker rooms in The heirs to this tradition, the UNC
Kenan Field House will do so cross country team, begin their season
through blue-and-white canopied Sept. 10 at the Wake Forest Invita-
walkways. tional in Winston Salem. They
Both the visiting and home locker leave behind them a turbulent 1987
rooms have been refurbished as well, during which injuries sidelined key
Additionally, Kenan Stadium will runners, including senior co-captain
also feature new scoreboards, com- Reggie Harris, and an unusually
plete with a message board, situated young team struggled as the season
in much the same way the score- wore on.
boards are in the Smith Center. But it wasnt all disappointment,
McGowao, Vennder to pace haiririers
Women's Soccer Schedule
1 at Dayton
3 at Cincinnati
6 at Methodist
10 at George Mason
23 at Colorado College
24 at Santa Clara .
27 - ELON COLLEGE
1 at William and Mary
7 at Barry University
9 at Central Florida
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23 BERRY COLLEGE
28- 30 ACC Tournament, at N.G State
5-6 NCAA First Round
12-13 NCAA Quarter Finals
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She also played for the U.S. squad
and had a strong Italian tour, netting
the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win
over France for the bronze medal.
"Wendy really understands the
game, she's a tactical wizard and she
will be great for us up front,"
Junior Birthe Hegsted notched 12
goals and seven assists last season,
but the Tar Heels will be without her
services for the first couple of games,
as she has obligations in her native
At the wings, sophomore Pam
Kalinoski will anchor the left side
with her lethal left foot, and Dorrance
liked her strong improvement this
spring. On the right side, junior Julie
Guarnotta is a fast, powerful forward
who scored seven goals last season.
Add to that a great schedule, which
includes national powers Colorado
College, William and Mary, N.C.
State and Massachusetts, and the Tar
Heels should be in for an exciting
At least, that's how Dorrance sees
it, and he is satisfied with his team's
outlook. He clowned around after a
recent Tar Heel practice, deadpan
ning: "We could be a good team."
And if he's satisfied, the Tar Heels
are in good shape.
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as the consistently strong performan
ces of Mike McGowan, Chryssa
Nicholas and Vicki Verinder kept the
Tar Heels competitive. The biggest
story of the season; though, was the
emergence of freshman Eric Hich
man. The Gastonia native surpassed
all expectations by taking second at
the ACC Championships in Atlanta
en route to a men's team finish of
The year began well enough, with
both the men and women capturing
the overall titles at Old Dominion and
later each finishing second at the Tar
Heel Invitational. But after their
early-season triumphs, the injuries
began and the inconsistency of the
young women's team left them farther
back in the pack.
The men finished out the year with
a disappointing lOth-place finish at
the NCAA Region III Champion
ships in Greenville, S.C.. The women
fared no better, finishing eighth in the
ACC's and qualifying only Verinder
and Nicholas for the NCAA
The Tar Heels have los't both
Harris and Verinder to graduation,
and inexperience will again be a
major factor, especially for the
women. Of the 10 names on the
roster, there is only one junior
(Chryssa Nicholas) and one senior
(Monica Witterholt). Questions
remain as to whether or not the four
freshmen from last year's team
(Michelle Faherty, Jamie Newnam,
Jeanne Peterson and Karen Sahn)
have matured enough to come into
their own as legitimate forces in the
The men will look to senior McGo
wan, a member of the 1985 North
Carolina team that won the ACC
championship and placed fifth in the
NCAA's, as a source of leadership.
Barring any serious injuries, he
should continue to lead the way
throughout the season, with a shot
at the ACC individual title and a
chance to improve on his finish in
last year's NCAA regionals.
The pressure will be on Hichman
to prove that his freshman-year
accomplishments were no fluke.
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Senior Mike McGowan will lead the Tar Heel charges in 1988
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