Top-Ranked North Carolina Downs UW Women in Soccer

Sept. 8, 2002

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Lindsay Tarpley and Alyssa Ramsey both had one goal and one assist Sunday as top-ranked North Carolina took advantage of the absence of the Huskies' regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo to defeat the No. 11 Washington women's soccer team 5-1 at Fetzer Field.

The Huskies (3-1) were without Solo who was in Columbus, Ohio where she has been training all week with the United States National Team. She started in goal and played the entire first half Sunday for the U.S. which won an exhibition game against Scotland by an 8-2 tally.

The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Solo owns every UW career goalkeeping record with 252 saves, 16 shutouts and a 0.93 goals against average. She has not allowed a goal in two starts this season for the Huskies. Junior Lisa Brookens has yielded eight goals in two starts. Brookens registered seven saves against North Carolina which outshot UW 23-5.

Host North Carolina (3-0-1), which beat Guilford 9-0 in Friday's first round, claimed the Carolina-Nike Classic championship. The Tar Heels improved their all-time home record to 220-7-2 with only three of those losses coming against collegiate teams. UNC has won 16 NCAA titles and participated in all but one championship game since the NCAA began sponsoring women's soccer in 1982.

Washington (3-1) advanced to Sunday's tournament title game with a 4-3 overtime decision over No. 17 Duke on a 106th-minute golden goal by sophomore Nicole Martinez.

The Huskies lone score was the final goal of the game. Junior Jaime Carstensen obtained the ball during a scramble in front of the Tar Heel goal and poked it past goalkeeper Aly Winget at 68:23. Winget registered UNC's only two saves, playing the second half in place of starter Jenni Branam.

'For the most part I'm pleased with how we played,' said Washington coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We played without Hope and a few injured players and for this early in the season this was a good experience for us.'

After 30 scoreless minutes, North Carolina scored the first of five unanswered goals on Mary McDowell's tally at 30:15. The lead increased to 3-0 by halftime on a pair of 43rd-minute goals posted 49 seconds apart. Tarpley scored on a header at 42:06 followed Kendall Fletcher's goal at 42:55.

The Tar Heels added two goals inside the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Sara Randolph netted goal No. 4 at 55:10 and Ramsey capped the scoring at 63:41, converting a one-on-one breakaway with Brookens. The five goals were the most scored by Husky opponent since a second-ranked Notre Dame squad beat them 5-0 on Sept. 16, 2000. That UW squad went on to win the Pac-10 championship, receive the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Sweet 16.

Solo rejoins her college teammates this week as they prepare for another tournament, the Portland Invitational in Oregon. Washington meets Denver on Friday, Sept. 13 and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Sept. 15.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#1) North Carolina 5, (#11) Washington 1
Fetzer Field; Chapel Hill, N.C.

Scoring--1, UNC, Mary McDowell (Kacey White, Alyssa Ramsey), 30:15. 2, UNC, Lindsay Tarpley (Elizabeth Ball, Jordan Walker), 42:06. 3, UNC, Kendall Fletcher (Lori Chalupny), 42:55. 4, UNC, Sara Randolph (Susan Bush), 55:10. 5, UNC, Ramsey (Tarpley), 63:41. 6, UW, Jaime Carstensen, 68:23.

Shots - UW 5, UNC 23.
Saves - UW 7 (Lisa Brookens), UNC 2 (Jenni Branam 0, Aly Winget 2).
Corner Kicks - UW 4, UNC 13.
Fouls - UW 10, UNC 11.
Offsides - UW 1, UNC 0.
Attendance - 2,176.

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