In its first final, Maryland falls to North Carolina, 3-0 Tar Heels' 7th title in row extends win streak to 33

ACC women's soccer tournament

November 06, 1995|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK -- It's new territory for the Maryland women's soccer team.

The Terps played in their first Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a television audience and their largest home crowd of 2,130 watching. And it didn't help to be facing nine-time defending national champion and top-ranked North Carolina.

Debbie Keller scored two goals as the Tar Heels rolled to a 3-0 win over No. 13 Maryland at Ludwig Field.

It was the seventh ACC title for North Carolina (23-0), which has won 33 straight and defeated the Terps by the same margin on Oct. 29. With its two wins in the ACC tournament and a program-best 17-5 record, Maryland is expected to receive its first NCAA tournament berth this week.

"I think we improved more in the week than North Carolina," Maryland coach April Heinrichs said. "Playing against North Carolina is a good yardstick. Tonight is like playing in an NCAA first-, second- or third-round game. We are not going to be any more nervous than we were tonight."

The Terps, whose only two home losses this season have been to the Tar Heels, showed their tentativeness early. North Carolina didn't have that problem, as Cindy Parlow headed in a corner kick by Robin Confer seven minutes into the game to go ahead 1-0.

Keller took over in the second half, scoring goals on a 25-yard blast and a chip shot over goalkeeper Kassie Knecht.

"To us, this game was pure pride," said Keller, who scored an ACC tournament-record five goals. "We feel like the ACC is the best conference and this is the best tournament in the country. If we didn't win, it would have been very hard on us."

Maryland had difficulty moving the ball and didn't take its first shot until six minutes before halftime. The Terps, who have never scored against North Carolina in 14 meetings, did start to attack the goal in the final 12 minutes.

"We played at a high level for three games," North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance said. "When you hold teams like Duke and Maryland to just two and five shots, you know how well our defense is playing."

Maryland .. .. ..0 ..0 ..-- ..0

North Carolina ..1 ..2 ..-- ..3

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