North Carolina 6, Pepperdine
North Carolina 6, Pepperdine 0Nov. 19, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. On a night when the second-ranked North Carolina women¹s soccer team took its most shots ever in an NCAA Tournament match, the Tar Heels reaped the benefits of record-setting performances by Lindsay Tarpley, Kacey White and Aly Winget to down 15th-ranked Pepperdine 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament third round before a near capacity crowd of 4,411 at Fetzer Field. With the victory Coach Anson Dorrance¹s Tar Heels (23-1) advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and they will play the winner of the California-Florida State NCAA third round match next Friday at 3 p.m.. at Fetzer Field with the winner advancing to the NCAA Women¹s College Cup in College Station, Texas December 2 and 4.
North Carolina took 42 shots, the most it has ever taken in an NCAA Tournament game in its 92-game NCAA history which has results in an 86-6 record. Kacey White recorded five assists in the match, the most ever in an NCAA Tournament match in history, and Lindsay Tarpley had her second hat trick in the past two games and her sixth of her career while breaking Mia Hamm¹s school record for career NCAA Tournament goals. Tarpley and White hooked up on the sixth and final Tar Heel goal to simultaneously establish their new records. Senior goalkeeper Aly Winget also recorded her 35th career solo shutout, breaking the Atlantic Coast Conference record in that category.
"The first half is about as well as we could play," said Dorrance. "I think you saw today the kind of player Lindsay Tarpley can be when she is healthy.. And I think there is still another level in her game. There are also few players that have come to the University of North Carolina who have improved as much as Kacey White has. There are few players who hurt the opposing team the way Kacey does. She absolutely tears them apart."
The Tar Heels outshot the Waves 42-5 in the match and without a career high 14 saves by Pepperdine¹s Anna Picarelli the margin at the end might even have been wider.
"You cannot simulate that kind of speed. Jerry Smith (Santa Clara head coach) told me you¹re going to be in for a tornado," said Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward. "Not only does North Carolina have great athletes but they also have great soccer players. They play really fantastic soccer. Lindsay Tarpley is the real deal. To see her in person really is fantastic. Our hats are off to North Carolina. They are really an exceptional team."
In the first half Carolina built its lead on goals by each of its three starting forwards and one from its attacking center midfielder. Tarpley then scored twice more in the second half to extend the final margin to 6-0.
It took Carolina only 5:16 to get on the board in the match as Elizabeth Guess scored her 12th goal of the season with assists by Heather O¹Reilly and Kacey White. White sent a corner kick from the right pylon that went near post and was flicked on with her head by O¹Reilly to a waiting Guess who popped her shot over Picarelli¹s head from about eight yards out.
It only took a little over 10 minutes for the Tar Heels to extend their lead to 2-0 and this time it was Lori Chalupny who got on the score off assists by Guess and White. White fed Guess just outside the right side of the box and Guess slotted the ball back to Chalupny whose rocket was buried into the upper right 90 from 18 yards. It was Chalupny¹s 10th goal of the season.
Tarpley then took over the match and played a role in each of UNC¹s final four goals. At 17:39, Elizabeth Guess took a shot in the box that Picarelli was able to knock down but not control. Tarpley pounced on the rebound and buried it from three yards away for her 13th goal of the year.
The three-goal UNC explosion came in a span of 12:23 and it marked the 12th time this season UNC has scored either three or four goals in 15:41 or less..
UNC then stretched the margin to 4-0 before halftime and essentially put the match away as Heather O¹Reilly finished off a scoring opportunity out front for her 18th goal of the season. White crossed the ball into the box to O¹Reilly who finished from about eight yards out. Tarpley also had an assist on the goal as she fed White on the right wing before White carried the ball about 30 yards out and then crossing to O¹Reilly for the finish. UNC outshot the Waves 22-2 in the first half and the Tar Heels also took the only five corner kicks of the half.
After halftime, the Tar Heels continued their assault on the Pepperdine net, launching 20 more shots while the Waves took three in the second half and five for the match. Picarelli had nine second half saves for the Waves.
Tarpley¹s second goal of the match came at 62:37 as White launched a cross from the right side of the box for Tarpley to finish far post for goal No. 14 of the season. Tarpley then got her third goal, the one which broke Hamm¹s school record for NCAA goals, at 83:33 as White sent a through ball to Tarpley from about 20 yards out and Tarpley ran onto the pass into the box and finished the opportunity past Picarelli to close out the scoring.
Tarpley now has scored 16 goals in NCAA Tournament games in her career. That is second all-time in NCAA history and it broke Mia Hamm¹s UNC record of 15 goals in NCAA games. Hamm played at Carolina from 1989-93. Tarpley extended her own NCAA career record of assists in tournament games to 18 and she now has 50 career points in NCAA games. She trails only Christine Sinclair of Portland in goals and points in NCAA games. Sinclair, a fifth-year senior for the Pilots, has 23 goals and 52 points in her career in NCAA matches.
White¹s five assists broke the NCAA Tournament record that had been held by four Tar Heel players. The previous record of four including efforts by Cindy Parlow against Wake Forest on November 15, 1997, by Jena Kluegel against Wake Forest on November 12, 2000, by Lindsay Tarpley against UNC Greensboro on November 16, 2003 and by Lori Chalupny against Purdue on November 21, 2003.
"I¹m honored to have the record but honestly it¹s a tribute to the great finishers on this team," White said. "Luckily I have the chance to play with some great players."
Winget¹s career total of 35 solo shutouts broke the ACC record which she shared coming into the match with Melissa Carr of Duke (1992-95) and Katie Carson of Clemson (1998-2001).
UNC will find out is quarterfinal opponent Sunday when California and Florida State meet in a third round match at Tallahassee, Fla. at 1 p.m.
Kacey White now has 25 assists in the 2005 season. That equals the fourth most in a single season in UNC history. Mia Hamm had 33 in 1992, Pam Kalinoski had 28 in 1991, Lindsay Tarpley had 27 in 2003 and Alyssa Ramsey had 25 in 2003.
Lindsay Tarpley and Kacey White both now have 58 career assists, the third most in UNC history. Only Mia Hamm with 72 from 1989-1993 and Alyssa Ramsey with 71 from 2000-03 have more assists in UNC history.
Lindsay Tarpley now has 59 career goals and is tied for 10th place in UNC history with Meredith Florance (1997-2000).
Kacey White now has 102 career points and she moved from a tie for 26th place into sole possession of 23rd place in points in UNC history during her performance Saturday.
Heather O¹Reilly now has 47 career goals and she moved into sole possession of 14th place in UNC history on Saturday night in goal scoring for the Heels.
Lori Chalupny now has 30 career goals and she moved into sole possession of 28th place on the Tar Heel career chart.
The crowd of 4,411 was the ninth largest in Fetzer Field history. It was the fifth largest crowd at Fetzer Field for an NCAA Tournament game. Aly Winget extended her school record for career saves to 216. Elizabeth Guess has now scored 12 of her 26 career goals in either ACC Tournament or NCAA Tournament games.
-- Courtesy UNC