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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, September 02, 1988, Page 18, Image 18

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4BThe Daily Tar HeelFriday, September 2, 1988 Menu's soccer ready to challenge for NCAA crown By CHRIS SPENCER ', Assistant Sports Editor ' X Last year, Anson Dorrance could feel it really feel it inside. He 'Knew he had the talent in 1987 to v vault his UNC men's soccer squad to 'where the Tar Heel women's pro- gram, which he also coaches, was: ' atop the national heap. Well, he almost did it. ':The Tar Heels reeled off eight ' straight wins to start the season last '. year, finishing the season with a 20 ;record, a No. 6 national ranking, Tan" ACC championship and tying for ' third place in the NCAA tournament. '. Not only that, Dorrance came out of that season with an emerging star, one he could build his budding program '. around Derek Missimo, the ACC 'tournament most valuable player, an All-South selection and a member of ' Soccer America's all-frosh team. Only three seniors are gone from that squad, although all three were " stalwart performers and one, Dave Smyth, was a first-team All-America and Hermann Trophy finalist. So, once again, Dorrance feels it only : this time, he has the recognition. Now he knows how it feels to be a national power with the men's squad. "I'm very excited about what this team has done in the preseason," he said. "The keys this year are Chad Ashton, Donald Cogsville, Derek Missimo and Darren Royer. Those four are unquestionably the keys to our season, and it's great that weVe got one of them in each part of the field." In the nets will be Royer, who blossomed last year behind a strong defense. The senior Seattle, Wash, native is a steady performer who was at times outstanding last year, as he was in matches with South Carolina, .N.C. State and Duke. He could contend for All-American honors with a strong season, Dorrance said. "Royer reads the game very well," he said. "He has good hands, and he's coming off a great season." But if there is a major problem with this team, it will be replacing the lost leadership of Smyth. Dorrance hopes the "four keys" will combine to do that, but he's not sure. That's the reason for the move of Donald Cogsville to sweeper for his senior season. Cogsville is a soccer player in the true sense; he knows when to turn on the power (at 6-2, 195 pounds, he can be an imposing site) and when to play the game with finesse. At his best, his moves without the ball are like the brush strokes of a Monet "they just don't get any better. . "Donald is probably the best athlete IVe ever coached here at UNC," Dorrance said. In the past, the coach has said that he believes Cogsville could play in Europe. He spent the offseason on multiple tours with the U.S. National team. Junior Marc Buffin returns to one wing back position. "He's coming off a great preseason," Dorrance said. "This is the best he's ever looked in his career here, so he's very exciting." At the other wing, there's a dog fight between sophomore Dave Mer ola, sophomore transfer David Cran ston, who came from the University of Cincinnati, and freshman Tom O'Connor. AH three have looked good at varying times during the preseason, Dorrance said. The Tar Heels will no doubt be strong in the middle of the field with four returning starters. The leader should be junior Chad Ashton, a spunky playmaker who finished the year as the ACC assist leader. "Chad is basically doing it all in preseason," raved Dorrance. "He's fit as hell, a great field leader and a real winner. He has the potential to be an All-American, along with Cogsville." Also in the middle are junior Nick Efthimiou and senior Dino Megalou dis. These two, who measure 5-feet-6 and 5-feet-7, respectively, are what Dorrance terms the "Greek midfield." Efthimiou has been good at winning the ball in the air in the preseason, while Megaloudis is a maestro at play-making. He needs only three assists to become the all-time career leader in that category at UNC. His strong play late last season was a key to the Tar Heels' success. Junior John Cocking has been moved from forward to the right midfielder's slot this year. The scrappy Roswell, Ga., native should fit in well at that slot. "This is the best he's ever played," Dorrance said. "Some of the things I like best about John are his attitude, work ethic and discipline" At the other wing position will be freshman Adam Tinkham, an Indi anapolis, Ind., native who spent last year at Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic High School. "Adam should have a great career here," Dorrance said. "He plays with a lot of flair, and he's real exciting' to watch." The Tar Heels will, play with only two forwards, but when you consider that one of them is Missimo, the team looks to have some firepower. The 6-feet-4, 190-pound Dallas, Tex., native is coming off a 13-goal, six assist first season, which was good for team-leading honors. Missimo started last year as a midfielder, but he was moved up front in the middle of the season. He exploded in his new position, tallying eight goals from there on out, with five being game-winners. In one of the most exciting college soccer games ever, Missimo was $5$ IWWWHUIUII) , :.. :::. ... : : MM. IS: . - f dlf I i - s ;::i?:;W:':;:::::X:v::S::5 i "v,. ill r ! Senior Donald Cogsville's move to sweeper is one of the keys to the Tar Heels ' title hopes in 1988 DTH file photo knocked unconscious early in the match, only to return to score the game-winner as UNC overcame a two-goal deficit to beat N.C. State 4-3 in overtime for the ACC championship. "He's one of the best players IVe ever seen with his back to pressure," Dorrance said. "Regardless of it, he can always find a way to turn and somehow get the ball to someone else's feet." At the other forward slot will be either redshirt senior Tommy Nichol son, who led the team in scoring before a leg injury kept him on the sidelines last season, or junior transfer Alan Higgins. The Tar Heels tackle a tough schedule again this season, not by choice, but because they have to. By playing in the nation's top soccer conference, the ACC, UNC guaran tees itself brawls with ranked squads like Duke, N.C. State, Virginia and last year's national champion, Clem son, whom the Tar Heels beat twice before succumbing 4-1 in the national semifinals. "In this league and this region, you could be one of the best teams in the nation and the ranking wouldn't show it," Dorrance explained. "If we can stay in the top two or three in this region, we will maintain our top national status. But if we drop to three or four, it wont effect our thinking, because of this region." In other words, the Tar Heels don't need those other matches with teams like South Carolina, last year's top team fn the South Region, whom the Tar Heels defeated 2-1 in a shootout in the NCAA tournament. Not to mention the season-opening Adidas Metropolitan Life. Classic tourna ment that begins Friday, where Tar Heels open up with second-ranked Indiana and face powerhouse Evans ville on Saturday. "That tournament will give us a chance to see where we. are because we are playing two of the best teams in the nation," Dorrance said. So where can the Tar Heels go wrong, besides taking on that mur derous schedule? Dorrance sees potential problems in the defense with replacing Smyth and giving Missimo someone to work his magic with. T think the question marks are definitely in the backfield and finding a complementary player to Derek," he said. 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