North Carolina, the nation's No. 2 women's soccer team last fall, and China's national team headline the third annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer tournament opening tonight at the University of Maryland.
A doubleheader at Ludwig Field starts the action at 7: 30 p.m., with the 14-time national champion Tar Heels playing the U.S. Under-21 women's national team.
In the second game, Maryland will play the Chinese team.
China is no slouch, having lost, 1-0, to the United States for the 1996 Olympic gold medal and having beaten the Americans, 2-1, on March 20 for the Algarve Cup in Portugal, a tournament the Yanks have never won.
China, one of four seeded teams in this summer's Women's World Cup, will play the full U.S. national team next Thursday in Hershey, Pa., as well as three days later, on April 25, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Proceeds from this weekend's tournament will benefit Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center. Mayer, who was 47, died three years ago of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women.
Tickets to tonight's doubleheader are $10 for adults and $7 for those 18 and under. Donations will be accepted at all games. The first two tournaments raised more than $75,000.
Games tomorrow and Sunday will start at 9 a.m. and be played simultaneously at Ludwig Field and the Practice Field at College Park. Subsequent games each day will start at 10: 30 a.m., 2 and 3: 30 p.m. Teams will play 35-minute halves, and admission is free.
Defending tournament champion Maryland, George Mason, Minnesota, Navy, Northwestern, Virginia and George Washington also are competing.
U.S. team cuts Schwoy
Rosedale's Laurie Schwoy, who will be a senior at North Carolina this fall, was released from the U.S. national team's residency camp this week and will train with the Under-21 national team.
Schwoy (McDonogh), a midfielder, and Notre Dame defender Jen Grubb, another promising young player also cut by U.S. coach Tony DiCicco, will remain in the national team pool, U.S. Soccer said.
Both withdrew from school to train with the U.S. squad in Florida starting in January. But their early release would seem to all but end their hopes of representing the United States in this summer's Women's World Cup.
Pub Date: 4/16/99