[WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP]
Three months ago to the day, North Carolina and Notre Dame met in South Bend, and the result wasn't pretty. The Tar Heels won, 6-0.
They meet again Friday the semifinals of the Women's College Cup, and no one expects the same sort of game.
Since a shaky start, Notre Dame has run off 19 games without a loss. Carolina,
meanwhile, struggled through is ACC regular season before coming on strong in the postseason. It crushed Wake Forest, 5-2, in the quarterfinals and some solid minutes out of senior Ali
, who has been injured. Key players: Casey Nogueira.
The 2008 Player of the Year
disappeared during the 2009 regular season, tallying just six goals and five assists, but she has come on strong in the postseason. Her two goals led the Tar Heels to a 3-0 win over Florida State
in the ACC final, and she had a hat trick in the 5-2 win over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Lauren Fowlkes.
Coach Randy Waldrum
's key move was probably to move Fowlkes, a
defender, to the frontline, where her ability to hold the ball settled the Irish attack. Fowlkes is enjoying a breakout season with 10 goals and four assists. North Carolina Probable Starters Goalkeeper 18 Ashlyn Harris
, SR Satellite Beach,
Fla. Defenders 9 Whitney Engen
, SR Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
16 Rachel Givan,
JR Ridgeland, Miss. 32 Kristi Eveland
, SR Southlake, Texas Midfielders 4 Meghan Klingenberg
, JR Gibsonia, Pa. 12 Lucy Bronze
, FR England 22 Amber
, FR New Hope, Pa. 98 Tobin Heath
, SR Basking Ridge, N.J. Forwards 47 Jessica McDonald
, JR Glendale, Ariz. 54 Casey Nogueira
, SR Raleigh, N.C. 84
, SO Danville, Calif.
Notre Dame Probable Starters Goalkeeper 1 Nikki Weiss
, JR Redding, Conn. Defenders 5 Molly Campbell
, SO Mission
Hills, Kan. 8 Haley Ford
, SR Midland, Texas 12 Jessica Schuveiller
Plano, Texas 25 Julie Scheidler
, JR Indianapolis, Ind. Midfielders 7 Amanda Clark
, SR Naperville, Ill. 15 Rose Augustin
, JR Silver Lake, Ohio 17 Courtney Barg
SO Plano, Texas Forwards 4 Taylor Knaack
, JR Arlington, Texas 6
, SO Garland, Texas 9 Lauren Fowlkes
, JR Lee's Summit, Mo.