Oct. 12, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – Lori Chalupny scored with 3:09 left in the second overtime period in leading top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-1 victory over Clemson in a women’s Atlantic Coast Conference soccer match at Clemson, SC Saturday night.
With the win, North Carolina improves its record to 11-1-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. The Tar Heels are ranked number-one in the NSCAA and Soccer America polls. Clemson falls to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in league play. The Lady Tigers are ranked 19th by Soccer America and 24th in the NSCAA poll.
Clemson scored first at the 39:34 mark. Lydia Vanderbergh sent a pass to Rachel Gallegos from the center to the left side. Gallegos lifted a pass to Deliah Arrington who scored from six yards out near the right post. It was Arrington’s ninth goal of the season.
North Carolina scored early in the second half (50:54). Maggie Tomecka took a short clearance by the Clemson defense and scored an unassisted goal from 22 yards out. It was her second goal this year.
In the second overtime period Susan Bush drove down the right side and crossed the ball from outside the box. Chalupny scored her third goal of the season from eight yards out to end the match and claim the victory.
“When you win a game like that you have to have a little luck,” said North Carolina Head Coach Anson Dorrance. “I give Clemson a lot of credit, they took it to us in the first half. Clemson took us apart in the first half. I am proud of my team for finding that something extra and finding a way to win. We had a tough matach last Thursday with N.C. State. I told my team at the half not to walk away without trying. They really tried in the second half and in the overtime periods and came away with the win.
“I am proud of our team in the way they played in the first half,” said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. “In the second half and in the overtime we played too conservative and North Carolina picked up the momentum. Overall I am proud in the way we played. We will probably see North Carolina again in the ACC or NCAA Tournaments. I thought we were mentally prepared to play this match and we played them straight up. Arrington proved why she is one of the best forwards in the country. I thought our people in the back, Sarah Turner, Kate Clifton, and Kristen Allen played really well. It was tough to get behind them tonight. Lauren Heos continues to do a great job in goal for us.
Scoring Clemson-Deliah Arrington (Lydia Vanderbergh, Rachel Gallegos) 39:34 North Carolina-Maggie Tomecka (Unassisted) 50:54 North Carolina-Lori Chalupny (Susan Bush) 106:51
Shots: Clemson 10, North Carolina 17 Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, North Carolina 3 Saves: Lauren Heos (CU) 6, Jenni Branan (UNC) 0, Aly Winget (UNC) 2 Fouls: Clemson 20, North Carolina 19 Attendance: 2114
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