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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, October 27, .19895
Soccer heads for tourney
By BROCK PAGE
There is an interesting aspect added
to the North Carolina women's soccer
team's game as the Tar Heels prepare
for the ACC Tournament this weekend
in Durham: one of revenge.
Since they have not lost since 1985,
the Tar Heels have not needed any sort
of a revenge factor as motivation be
fore. In last year's ACC championship
match, however, UNC and N.C. State
battled to a deadlock in regulation time.
.., The Wolfpack prevailed in a shoot
out, to take the title. Technically the
game was a tie, not a loss for the Tar
Heels, but the thought remained: they
were not ACC champions.
The f rst match for UNC, which owns
the first seed, will be at 5:00 p.m. on
S aturday against the w inner of Friday ' s
MarylandDuke game. The Terrapins
are seeded fifth and the Blue Devils
If the Tar Heels march past either the
Terrapins or the Blue Devils, they will
face the winner of the match between
No. 3-seed Virginia and No. 2-seed
N.C. State at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
.: UNC enters the ACC Tournament
with a 19-0-1 record after battling to a
scoreless tie with 20th-ranked Stanford
on Tuesday. That's right, UNC actu
ally played a game and did not win;
Field hockey establishing own
By NEIL AMATO
There's more than one women's
sports dynasty at UNC.
Yes, the first-ranked women's
soccer team is gearing up for the ACC
Tournament at Duke (which, con
trary to popular opinion, the Tar Heels
didn't win last year). But the second
ranked North Carolina field hockey
team is also ready for the ACCs and
those Tar Heels are six-time defend
The ACC field hockey tourney
starts today at Duke as the fourth
seeded Blue Devils host fifth-seeded
Wake Forest. The Tar Heels, 15-2,
take on the winner of that game Sat
urday at noon.
Despite UNC's recent dominance
in the ACC, head coach Karen Shel
ton isn't going to look past anyone.
"Four of the five teams in the ACC
have been ranked in the Top 20,"
Terps may be Bast
By SCOTT GOLD
Remember George Bush's "thousand
points of light?"
Due to just distribution, the transi
tive properties of multiplication, P's
and Q's and all that stuff, the UNC
football team should boast at least a
dozen or two of those lights.
; When a football squad attempts to
win games without an offense, how
ever,, those glimmers of hope slowly
darken. The Tar Heels claim . . . four.
That's right, as the 1-6 Tar Heels
prepare to do battle with Maryland
Saturday at noon in College Park, and
in the process try to. garner their first
conference victory, there areowr play-
ers that stand out amongst the masses,
above the groveling serfs and peasants.
Keep in mind, now, that Maryland is
not the most robust powerhouse in the
ACC, ranking sixth with a 1-4 record
and compiling a 2-6 tally overall.
However, the Terps blasted host Wake
Forest, 27-7, and, if you recall, UNC
lost to the Deacons 17-16 in Chapel
Hill just four loooonnnng weeks
UNC punter Scott McAlister has
been one of the team's most consistent
performers throughout the season. The
sophomore turned in another terrific
game last week at Georgia Tech, boot
ing the pigskin nine times and totalling
His average of 44.9 yards a kick
upped his already boisterous average to
43.0 for the season, tops in the confer
ence. Is McAlister really that good, or does
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"It was a typical game for us," head
coach Anson Dorr ance said. "We didn't
play poorly; we took a large number of
shots but we just didn't finish them. I'm
For a team as great as UNC, a tie can
easily seem like a loss, but the sister
kisser may be a blessing in disguise.
"The girls walked off the field like it
was a loss," Dorrance said. "They don't
like to tie, but with the mentality of this
team, they'll have greater resolve like
they always do after adversity. Hope
fully, this will give us added motiva
tion going into this weekend."
A strong suit lately for UNC has
been the performance of sophomore
goalkeeper Lori Walker. In the game
against Santa Clara last week, Walker
came up with some big-time saves for
the Tar Heels. Walker leads the ACC in
goals allowed average (.10), save per
centage (.977) and shutouts (9).
Still, UNC goes into the ACC Tour
nament with guarded optimism.
"In soccer, you cannot have over
whelming confidence that you are going
to destroy every opponent," Dorrance
said. "We do have the best team and we
should dominate in every game, but
that means we have a better chance of
winning, not that we'll win."
Shelton said. "We know that on any
given day we can be beaten."
The other semifinal pits No. 10 Vir
ginia against lith-ranked Maryland.
The final is slated for noon on Sunday.
If Duke wins, UNC is inforatougher-than-expected
game. Although North
Carolina has defeated Duke 1 6 straight
times dating back to 1981, the Blue
Devils gave UNC a run for its money
earlier this season. The Tar Heels es
caped with a 2-0 win.
In that match, North Carolina had
problems adjusting to the uneven Duke
AstroTurf, but Shelton said the playing
surface shouldn't be a factor in the
"We're not going to dwell on the
turf," Shelton said. "We realize we
have to play. Whether the turf's bumpy
or smooth, we still have to have good
hand-eye coordination. We're still
going to focus on fundamentals."
Shelton has stressed all year that
he get exploited because his teammates
rarely move the ball past midheld In
this way, he gets beaucoup de loads of
time to set up and can give the ball his
Just to settle the argument, McAlis
ter took a snap at the Tar Heel six-yard
line last Saturday. In a short formation,
he managed just one step, and barely
got the kick off. Five seconds later,
after sailing over the heads of every
Tech receiver, the rocket stopped a
mere 83 yards away, two yards shy of
the all-time UNC record.
"Scott has been great all season,"
said head coach Mack Brown. "With
all of the problems we've been having
offensively, he's been a life-saver."
Tommy Thigpen, a six-foot-two,
210-pound linebacker, falls into that
sparse collection of glimmers of hope.
Though only a freshman, Thigpen stole
the starting job away from teammate
Bernard Timmons, a regular last sea
Last, week Thigpen racked up six
solo tackles against a strong Yellow
Jacket running game, with assists on
four others. He also sacked Tech's
elusive quarterback, Shawn Jones,
twice. He is UNC's second leading
The third of those four spots of illu
mination cascades off the shoulders of
Thigpen's partner in crime, Dwight
Hollier. Hollier is making a strong bid
for postseason conference honors and
is the team's leading tackier with 60
solo tackles and 42 assists.
The duo, together with their support
ing cast, may have their hands full with
Though UNC is an obvious favorite
to take the title, there are other contend
ers who, on a good day, could take a run
Maryland is a very inexperienced
team and still a few years away from
contention. The Terps will be hard
pressed to beat Duke. UNC crushed
Maryland during the regular season, 8
0. The Blue Devils are a young but
scary squad, and they played the Tar
Heels exceptionally tough in their match
earlier this year when UNC held on to
a 4-2 win.
Virginia, ranked third in the nation,
has balance all over the field and excel
lent talent at all positions. Virginia is
paced by midfielder Gayle Smith, for
ward Andrea Rubio and striker Amanda
Cromwell. The trio ranks fourth, fifth
and sixth in the ACC in scoring, with
28, 27 and 23 points respectively.
Rubio and Cromwell were both
heavily recruited by UNC but opted to
play for the Cavaliers.
The Wolfpack, ranked eighth, is led
by forward Charmaine Hooper, who is
the ACC scoring leader. The Tar Heels
will have to resist being intimidated by
Hooper and shut her down like they did
in the regular season contest, when
UNC won, 3-0. The Tar Heels will also
have to concentrate on beating a tough
good fundamentals are the keys to play
"When we play well, weTre a tough
team to beat,' Shelton .said. "If we
don't play well, we're just an average
team. Any one of these four teams can
Senior captain Leslie Lyness leads
the Tar Heels into the postseason. The
Paoli, Pa. resident is important in all
aspects of the UNC game. Lyness, who
leads the team in assists with 16, also
plays a big role on defense. Named to
the 198S first-team All-America squad
at center midfield, Lyness was recently
named ACC Player of the Week for her
three-game, four-assist performance.
"Leslie is very important to the suc
cess of our team," Shelton said. "She's
done a very good job from a leadership
The defensive foursome of Tern
Buck. Jennifer Clark, Nancy Lang and
Beth Taterosian and goalkeeper Evetien
chance for Heels
the Terp air attack.
Quarterback Neil O'Donnell is third
on Maryland's all-time list in comple
tions (349), attempts (592), yards
(4,402) and touchdowns (23), and is
moving up quickly. Last year, he flab
bergasted the Tar Heel defense with
three TD passes and 257 yards, pacing
the Terps' 41-38 victory.
One bright point, and the fourth of
those magical spots of light, has been
guard Pat Crowley, the only consistent
offensive player UNC throws on the
field every week.
"Our problems have nothing to do
with him," Brown said. "I think he's the
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Spee have performed excellently. The
Tar Heel backs and goalie have
yielded only nine goals all year.
Senior Kathy Staley leads the ACC
in scoring with 20 goals and eight
assists and freshman Imke Lempers
has tallied 21 times. Junior Laurel
Hershey, a 1988 honorable mention
All-America at left midfield, has
chipped in 10 goals and four assists.
Although UNC stars of the present
and past are 12-0 in tournament play,
Shelton says it won't be hard for her
troops to get up for the games,
"It's not hard to get up for the
tournament at all," Shelton said. "We
have a different team every year with
a new personality. Also, by winning
the ACC Tournament, we can attain
two of our preseason goals. First, we
want to win the ACC championship.
Second, we can secure a place in the
top four (nationally).'
best lineman in our league and one of
the best in the country. He's having a
great, great season."
The Tar Heels' offense has been
mired in a slump for several weeks
now. Once again, versus Tech, the
defense proved itself to be a legitimate
force while the offense mustered its
usual under-20-point performance.
This is the last reasonable look the
Tar Heels have at a second victory this
season. If those points of light suddenly
multiply and shine even brighter, the
possibilities are endless.
Until then, though, the outcome is
predictable once again.
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will it ever end? We think not.
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We've put you on Eternal Hold be
cause we have THE MAN.
But first, the play-by-play.
Dave (I love a girl with a sense of
humor) Glenn, better known as The
Sports Editor Who Wouldn't Die (But
Might This Weekend), went an almost
human 7-3 in Week Eight to drop into
a tie with super soph Jamie (Gee guys,
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Cross country may
struggle at ACCs
By MARK ANDERSON
The effects of the ACC cross coun
try championships in College Park, Md.,
Saturday should have national reper
cussions, but unfertunately for UNC,
the Tar Heels will not be involved. For
the first time in several years, the UNC
men and women are both predicted to
finish in the middle of the pack.
Clemson (men) and N.C. State
(women) are both in position to win
their third straight ACC title. Clemson,
ranked eighth nationally, will have to
beat seventh-ranked Wake Forest to
notch its seventh ACC title in the last
eleven years. The two teams met at the
Navy Invitational in late September,
with the Deacons finishing first and the
Clemson should be boosted by the
return of last year's individual cham
pion, senior Dov Kremer, who has not
run this season because of mononu
cleosis. Jon Hume of Wake Forest, who
finished fifth in 1988, will battle Kre
mer over the eight kilometer course.
The women's race will feature three
nationally-ranked teams, with N.C.
State (fourth) looking for its eighth
ACC title in those same eleven years.
Wake Forest (eighth) and Clemson
(13th) will be looking to dethrone the
N.C. State returns last year's third
and fourth place ACC finishers, senior
Susan Tulley and sophomore Katrina
Price, who will be challenged over the
five kilometer course by Wake Forest
junior Anne Letko.
"Tuffey is unbeatable when she is
healthy," said UNC head coach Dennis
The world's fastest,
place) Rosenberg, who temporarily
halted Glenn's stranglehold on the
top spot with an 8-2 performance. '
John (Yes, I picked 96 points for'
Houston last week) Bland he
missed by one went a disappoints
ing 5-5 but took a step closer to the
meaning of life with a weekend in
Atlanta that included a Cheetah (or
three), a Heidi and a Roxanne. Wow."
Andrew (I'm going to Maryland to
cover the game (wait, no Dave dis'ed
that idea)) Podolsky staggered home
with a 7-3 performance to lurk quietly
in the third slot as the Fearsome
Fivesome approaches Week Nine.
Jay (What's that brown, oval
shaped object they're tossing around?)
Reed has been spending more time
out in left field lately than Rickey';
Henderson, only Jay doesn't play
baseball. For the 1,609 people who
called asking why Jay's name is not in
the accompanying graph, it's because
he has a record even worse than many
of you, our play-along home viewers
THE MAN, as if we had to tell you,
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staff. Yes, it's Clint Eastwood, folks.
The man fights crime, loves animals,
comforts distressed damsels and still
finds time to run for political office.
What more could we ask for?
The Tar Heel women ' s squad has the
best chance for a first division finish.
"We're shooting for fourth," Crad
dock said. "Then maybe we'll get a
shot at one of the top teams. I like going
up against top 20 teams."
The Tar Heels' front-runner will be
fifth-year senior Chryssa Nicholas, who
will be looking to improve on last year's
disappointing 14th-place finish. She
will be joined by juniors Jane Boulter
and Michelle Faherty, who has been
slowed by illness this year.
"She (Faherty) has run well the last
three or four practice sessions," Crad
dock said. "She'll be at full strength."
The women's improvement stems
from their depth. Juniors Jamie
Newnam (26th in 1988), Karen Sahn
(27th) and Jeanne Peterson (33rd) have
made great strides since last year's ACC
The men's squad has suffered
through a rebuilding year, but Crad
dock, whose UNC men's teams have
never finished lower than third, hopes
they can surprise some teams Saturday.
"Our top three are running well,"
Craddock said. "It will depend on how
our four and five do. If they don't move
up, we'll be at the back of the pack.'.
Those top three are freshman sensa
tion Andre Williams, sophomore Vince
Howard and junior Chris Kendrick. '.;
"We are hoping that Andre and Vince
can make the top 10 or 15 and be All
ACC," Craddock said. I;
Williams heads a group of four fresh
men in UNC's top seven, which has
had Craddock battling inexperience all
year long. 1;
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