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Nov. 6, 1997

FSU Falls to No. 1 UNC in First Round, 5-0

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels scored four first half-goals in en route to a 5-0 win over No. 8 seed Florida State (8-12) in the first quarterfinal match-up of the 10th Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Tournament Thursday afternoon at Spry Soccer Stadium.

Five different players scored for the Tar Heels, including sophomore forward Lindsay Stoecker, who recorded the first goal of the game on the assist from Aubrey Falk just over 10 minutes into the first half. Freshman Tna Murphy picked up UNC's fnal goal of the game booting in a shot from the top left of the box at the 84:53 mark.

FSU used a heavy defense gameplan, dropping all 10 players back into defense.

"I thought he (UNC head coach Anson Dorrance) was a little surprised with our team set up. With the team speed UNC has, I thought we had no other option, but to make the area very congested and difficult to score," said FSU head coach Heather Kerby-Nelson. "And it worked for us in many ways. They didn't score much off of free play. They got three off of corner kicks."

The Tar Heels, now 20-0-1 on the season, outshot the Seminoles 34 to 1 in the match. UNC has now outscored their 1997 opponents 94-6, including 52-2 in the last 11 games.

"This season was a little disappointing," said Kerby-Nelson. "We didn't get any conference wins. But, if you look at all the seasons it took April Heinrichs (current head coach at Virginia and former coach at Maryland) to get her first win at Maryland. You can see that it takes time and growth within the program. We had a lot of results in the conference that were losses by one goal. I think we're in that edge of instead of losing the close games to winning those close games."

North Carolina  4   1   5
Florida State   0   0   0
Shots: UNC 34, FSU 1
Corner Kicks: UNC 11, FSU 0
Goalie Saves: UNC 1, FSU 12 (Juhl 8, Gurtov 4)
Fouls: UNC 11, FSU 8
Attendance: 563

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