North Carolina had to twice come from behind before beating Texas
A&M, 3-2, before 4,887 fans in the NCAA Division I women's
quarterfinals and returned to the Women's College Cup after a two-year
The Tar Heels failed to
reach the final four in 2004 and 2005 -- the only two years in the
25-year history of the NCAA Tournament they didn't advance to
at least the semifinals.
Carolina won after falling behind, 1-0 and 2-1, in one of the most
dramatic games in Fetzer Field history. The Aggies went ahead on Laura
Grace Robinson's goal in the
30th minute and held UNC to one shot in the first half -- the fewest in
its history. Heather O'Reilly,
back with UNC after playing for the USA at the Women's Gold Cup on
Wednesday, tied the score 47 seconds into the second half, but Allison
put A&M ahead again on a free kick from just outside the area in
the 56th minute. To make matters worse for UNC, defensive star Jessica
Maxwell suffered a broken
ankle in the tangle-up of players after the play that led to the free
But the Tar Heels responded with goals by freshmen Whitney Engen and
freshman Nikki Washington
to go ahead, 3-2, before withstanding a late A&M assault. In the
last minute, Washington cleared a ball off the line that had deflected
off an A&M player when substitute goalie Ashlyn Harris
clear a ball from the area.
"A 3-2 result," said UNC coach Anson
"that's a soccer promoter's dream. Lots of goals, end-to-end action, it
was just a fantastic soccer game to be a part of. Certainly, [I] want
to publicly congratulate Texas A&M -- they gave us just incredible
problems in the first half, dominated play, scored a nice chance and we
really couldn't get much organized."
Dorrance goes for the 800th win of his coaching career when UNC meets
UCLA Friday night in the Women's College Cup semifinals at SAS Soccer
Park in Cary,
N.C. He has won 627 games in 28 years with the Carolina women and won
172 games in 12 years with the men.
NOTRE DAME 4 PENN STATE 0.
Michele Weissenhofer scored a
hat trick in a span of less than 13 minutes and sophomore Kerri
Hanks had three assists as the
top-ranked Irish extended their unbeaten streak to a school record 25
games and moved into Friday's other semifinal against Florida State.
Irish dominated the game with a 27-3 edge in shots but couldn't score
until Weissenhofer's first goal on assists by Hanks and Jen Buczkowski
in the 54th minute. Hanks (64 points with 22 goals and 20 assists) and
Weissenhofer (53 points with 18 goals and 17 assists) now rank 1-2 atop
the national scoring charts.
UCLA 2 PORTLAND 1. The
Bruins gained revenge for their 4-0 loss to Portland in last year's
Women's College Cup final with Friday's victory Friday night.
Postseason sensation Rachael
Rapinoe put UP ahead in the sixth minute, but UCLA responded
goals by McCall Zerboni less
than three minutes later and freshman Lauren
Cheney from the penalty spot in the 70th minute. The penalty
came after playmaking sparkplug Christina
DiMartino was brought down on the left side of the box.
FLORIDA STATE 2 CLEMSON 1.
The Seminoles also need to come from behind to return to the
Cup for the second straight year and third time in the last four
years. The Tigers stunned FSU on a brilliant strike by Molly
Franklin from 35 years and
led at halftime, but FSU responded with a volley by Australia
international Selin Kuralay in
the 50th minute and a goal by freshman Becky
Edwards in the 63rd minute. The game drew an FSU record
postseason crowd of 1,754.
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