No. 1 North Carolina Gets by Oregon 3-0

Sept. 29, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - For more than 52 minutes, the University of Oregon women's soccer team played even with the top-ranked team in the country. But a few minor mistakes by the Ducks combined with North Carolina's flawless execution gave the No. 1 Tar Heels a 3-0 victory in front of a Pape' Field record 1,588 Sunday afternoon.

'I'm happy with the effort we showed,' said Oregon coach Bill Steffen. 'I'm also pleased with the fact that I think we learned from our mistakes because UNC does a real good job of exploiting your faults and our players saw that today and seem committed to make a real effort to get better before our next game.'

North Carolina (8-0-2) took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Lori Chaluphy worked her way behind the Oregon defense and centered the ball to Anne Morrell, who tapped in from five yards out.

But that was the extent of the scoring for the next 52 minutes as the Ducks received solid work from goalkeeper Sarah Peters, who made a season-high 10 saves. Oregon (1-5-1) missed a chance to tie the match late in the first half when the Ducks caught UNC keeper Aly Winget out of the net, and Mele French centered the ball to a wide-open Katie Abrahamson five yards from the goal, but the freshman could not corral the pass, and the Tar Heels cleared.

North Carolina put the match away by scoring a pair of second half goals in less than a minute. Alyssa Ramsey took a pass up the middle from Lindsay Tarpley and dribbled through Peters and an Oregon defender to push in a goal from one yard out in the 63rd minute. After gaining control of the ensuing kickoff, Tarpley then beat Oregon's left side defense and sent home a line drive from 25 yards out to cap the scoring.

'I think we got caught ball-watching a little bit on defense and we lost track of our player,' said Steffen. 'North Carolina is very good technically and very good tactically and they'll penalize you if you loose track of your player.'

The defending national champions out-shot the Ducks 28-3, and tried seven corner kicks to the Ducks' one. Valerie Mayer, Cristan Higa and Carlie Ashcraft each tallied one shot for Oregon.

Sunday's attendance broke the previous Pape' Field record by nearly 700 people. The old mark was 918 set Sept. 19, 1999, against Idaho.

'That was a great crowd and the thing that I liked about them is that they didn't just show up and sit on their hands,' said Steffen. 'They kept very involved throughout the game. I hope they had fun and come back next week.'

The Ducks return to Pape' Field to host Portland State Friday at 7 p.m.

BOXSCORE

No. 1 North Carolina 3, Oregon 0 at Pape' Field (Eugene, Ore.). Scoring: UNC-Morrell (Chaluphy) at 10:01; UNC-Ramsey (Tarpley) at 62:46; Tarpley (-) at 63:32. Shots: UNC-28 (Tarpley 6, Morrell 5), UO-3 (Higa, Ashcraft, Mayer 1). Shots on Goal: UNC-13, UO-0. Corner Kicks: UNC-7, UO-1. Fouls: UNC-10, UO-8. A: 1,588. Conditions: 63 degrees, overcast, calm.

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