Top-Ranked North Carolina Edges UW in Overtime

Aug. 31, 2003

SEATTLE - Lori Chalupny scored twice, including a golden goal in the second minute of overtime Sunday that lifted the top-ranked North Carolina women to a 2-1 win over Washington in the championship game of the inaugural Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge at Husky Soccer Field.

A crowd of 2,656 saw Washington (1-1) take the lead on a 16th-minute goal from Tina Frimpong. Melissa Bennett fed a pass to Frimpong who dribbled 25 yards toward the left side of the UNC goal before pushing a low, 10-yard shot into the net.

The Tar Heels (2-0) scored the equalizer with just over three minutes left in the first half. Chalupny looped a 25-yard shot from the right side into the upper left corner of the goal at 41:32

Following a scoreless second half, Chalupny ended the contest on the first shot of the overtime session. She received a pass from Lindsay Tarpley and launched a high 30-yard blast into the upper right corner at 91:43. The ball narrowly evaded the outstretched arms of UW goalkeeper Lisa Brookens.

Tarpley, who scored three goals in the Tar Heels 4-0 first-round win over Washington State, was credited with an assist on Chalupny's decisive tally. The 2002 national Freshman of the Year, Tarpley rejoined the Tar Heels this week after training with the U.S. National Team. She was not selected to the World Cup roster, but senior teammate Catherine Reddick was and did not travel to Seattle.

Brookens registered six saves for the Huskies who were outshot 22-9, including a 12-4 first-half deficit. UNC's Aly Winget was credited with two saves.

The Huskies had to work overtime for the second straight game. Frimpong tallied both goals in Friday's 2-1 overtime triumph over No. 18 Maryland, including the game winner in the 106th minute. The UW junior received the tournament's Offensive MVP award in a vote of coaches. Another Husky junior, Kelli Smith, collected the Defensive MVP trophy.

'Our team was seriously disappointed that they lost. They weren't satisfied with just giving Carolina a good game,' Husky coach Lesle Gallimore said of her team's performance against the 16-time NCAA champion Tar Heels. 'We're pleased with how we played so far. The two people who received awards this weekend, Tina Frimpong and Kelli Smith, are twice the players already this first weekend than they were last season.'

Maryland (1-1) captured third place with a 3-0 victory over Washington State (0-2). The 18th-ranked Terrapins recorded all three goals in the first half and held off a late offensive assault by the Cougars to preserve the shutout.

Kimmy Francis scored a pair of goals during a span of 1:11 to put Maryland ahead 2-0. WSU's Mariette Boyce was whistled for a hand ball violation in the box on Katie Ludwig's shot. Francis converted the ensuing penalty kick at 24:43 to open the scoring. She found the net again at 25:54 with an eight-yard boot off a low cross from Simone Dekker who was credited with an assist.

Dekker capped the scoring at 40:22, concluding a dribbling run into the box with a 15-yard blast.

Maryland's Kristen Barnhill made four saves en route to the shutout. Sara Leibowitz had one save for WSU before leaving at halftime in favor of Katie Hultin who saved two shots during a scoreless second half.

The Huskies now embark on a four-game road trip, beginning Friday against Loyola Marymount in Colorado Springs, Colo. Washington's next home action is Sept. 19 and 21 in the four-team Husky/Nike Invitational. The field includes defending national champion Portland along with Fresno State and Texas.

Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

GAME 4 -- #1 North Carolina 2, Washington 1 (ot)

Scoring--1, UW, Tina Frimpong (Melissa Bennett), 15:53. 2, UNC, Lori Chalupny, 41:32. 3, UNC, Chalupny (Lindsay Tarpley), 91:43.

Shots -- UNC 22, UW 9.
Saves -- UNC 2 (Aly Winget), UW 6 (Lisa Brookens).
Corner Kicks -- UNC 2, UW 4.
Fouls -- UNC 4, UW 14.
Offsides -- UNC 1, UW 3.
Attendance -- 2,656.

GAME 3 -- #18 Maryland 3, Washington State 0

Scoring ---1, UM, Kimmy Francis (penalty kick), 24:43. 2, UM, Francis (Simone Dekker), 25:54. 3, UM, Dekker (Audra Poulin), 40:22.

Shots -- UM 15, WSU 16.
Saves -- UM 4 (Kristen Barnhill), WSU 3 (Sara Leibowitz 1, Katie Hultin 2).
Corner Kicks -- UM 1, WSU 5.
Fouls -- UM 9, WSU 10.
Offsides -- UM 4, WSU 4.
Attendance -- 1,110.

Team Champion
-- North Carolina
Second Place -- Washington
Third Place -- Maryland
Fourth Place -- Washington State

Offensive MVP -- Tina Frimpong, Washington
Defensive MVP -- Kelli Smith, Washington.

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